Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danger Chinese Beef Goes Up in Flames after Raid

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Danger Chinese Beef Goes Up in Flames after Raid

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Byline: By Adam Jupp

Illegally-imported meat destined for North East restaurants and takeaways

Bogus beef smuggled into the North East has gone up in smoke after a warehouse raid.

The illegal meat had been sneaked in from China and was destined for restaurants and takeaways across the region.

But trading standards officers from Northumberland County Council swooped to seize the banned food, worth pounds 4,000, from a storage unit in Bedlington.

Inspectors from the Food Standards Agency were called in to inspect the 'Acrid Tang' beef fat, which belonged to an Oriental food wholesaler.

And amid fears it contained diseases and dangerous levels of chemicals, they ordered its destruction and the haul went up in flames.

Jim Rutter, head of Northumberland County Council trading standards, said: "Animal by-products from China are subject to fairly strict protective measures due to shortcomings in their veterinary medicine regulations and control systems in live animals in China.

"We worked closely with the Food Standards Agency and after these were analysed, the product was destroyed by incineration."

Officers from Northumberland County Council found pallets of a beef product which had been imported from China during a routine inspection of the warehouse space.

The unit was being rented by an Oriental food wholesaler and the owner of the warehouse had nothing to do with the illegal product.

The Acrid Tang beef fat is used for Oriental cookery and is a key ingredient in many dishes, such as battered Dim Sum items.

But the wholesaler was unable to prove any evidence that the food had been tested in China for diseases or antibiotics that are banned in the European Union.

Products sneaked in from China often contain residues of chloramphenicol, which is a chemical used in drops to treat conjunctivitis.

A pallet-and-a-half of the product was confiscated, which would have been worth around pounds 4,000.

It is believed the wholesaler planned to sell it on to restaurants and takeaways to use in their cooking. …

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