Chicken legs called fengzhao in Chinese is a delicacy and imagine if it was 46-year-old frozen meat that was to be taken with chilled beer.
Authorities in Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Friday confiscated more than 20 tonnes of long-expired chicken legs from a frozen meat warehouse.
Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, is abuzz with the term “Jiangshi Fengzhao,” or zombie chicken feet, to describe the scandal involving meat warehouses. Others said they might “have a flavor of history.”
Most of the chicken legs meat was illegally imported from neighbouring Asian countries via Guangxi’s border cities like Fangchenggang, said Li Jianmin, public security bureau official.
“Some illegal businessmen will import uninspected frozen food like chicken feet and have them processed in local food processing workshops or small-sized plants before selling them to vendors across China,” Li told Xinhua netwrok.
Li said the smuggled products contain bacteria and importers usually soak them in hydrogen peroxide, a banned food addictive to make the chicken legs meat fresh.
Fangchenggang police have booked seven cases of illegally imported chicken legs since July 2012 amounting to 20 million yuan ($3.3 million), according to official statistics.