China cracks down on gelatin-injected shrimp
The food-safety watchdog in the northern municipality of Tianjin has vowed a thorough probe into its local seafood market, after online reports that the city’s shrimp were injected with gelatin-like chemicals to increase weight.
Though the exact identity of the chemicals has yet to be confirmed, officials from the city’s Food Safety Committee admitted that some frozen shrimp in Tianjin had been adulterated with an artificial substance.
“Such shrimp have long plagued our city. In 2005, we raided a workshop and ordered 20 metric tons of shrimp to be disposed of,” said Li Zhiyong, spokesman for the committee.