China has a well-earned reputation for careless disregard for the safety of their food supply (follow this link for the ‘top 10 food scandals‘, for example). Now with horsemeat concerns in the European food supply, and most recently Ikea meatballs, Ikea wanted to reassure the Chinese that the meatballs served in China are actually made in China, and are not tied to the horsemeat scandal in Europe. Well, it kinda backfired, as it seems even the Chinese are losing faith in their food supply…and would rather have potentially horsemeat-laden meatballs from Europe than domestically produced meatballs. As one person was quoted as saying, “I don’t really care about horse meat. The key point is that if it’s produced in China, it probably has rat meat.” Hard to argue with that, based on recent history.
Could be worse though…when testing for horse DNA in meat pies produced in Iceland, they found the meat pies actually contained no meat. Lol.
Then another food surprise in China…in an effort to maximize profits, some vendors are selling walnuts filled with concrete.