The false meats — which include rat, fox, mink and others — are presented in markets as being lamb or sheep, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Traders selling to restaurant markets would take the fake lamb, dye it and otherwise mask its actual origins, and sell it to restaurants as lamb rolls. The Chinese Ministry for Public Security reported the crimes Thursday on its website. It also said that 63 people have been arrested and more than 10 tons of meat and chemicals were seized.
The seizure is the latest in a series of more than 380 food-related arrests uncovered during this year’s crackdown in food fraud. Last year’s spate of fake and unsafe food stories inspired authorities to begin policing China’s food distribution systems more carefully. So far, 904 people have been arrested, 1721 factories have been closed and 20,000 tons of fake or hazardous meat have been destroyed.