Shuanghui Accused of Using Chicken in Ham to Save Cost: Paper10-12 16:23 Caijing
Shuanghui International, China's largest meat processor and dozens of other companies are reportedly selling hams containing chicken to save costs.
Chicken meat were found in nearly 40 difference kinds of hams and sausages made by 15 Chinese meat processors including Shuanghui and Jinluo, the Being News reported. Hams are traditionally made of pork.
The amount of chicken in some of those products is even higher than that of pork, the paper said.
Analysts said the mixing is a part of their efforts to lower costs while most of the companies involved defended themselves by saying it is to improve tastes and also a necessity of formulation and ingredients.
The scandal came a day after Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest hog producer acquired by Shuanghui said it will reduce the use of a feed additive that makes pork leaner as it seeks to win more business in China.
An illegal additive was allegedly found in meat products in an affiliate of Shuanghui back in 2011.
The United States-based company has the capacity to ship "large quantities" of ractopamine-free pork to China, Chief Executive Officer C. Larry Pope said in an interview on Wednesday in Hong Kong, according to Bloomberg.
Shuanghui purchased Smithfield last month for $4.7 billion in the largest Chinese purchase of a US company which drew criticism from some US lawmakers who raised concerns that it may transfer food-safety issues from China to the US, Bloomberg said.
The takeover will help boost China's import of pork, which may climb to 1.39
million metric tons, according to the US Meat Export Federation.
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