According to the WNDR(WorldNewsDailyReport) blog, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) caught several illegal containers, originating from China. The Food and Drug Administration inspectors seized these containers at the Port of San Francisco, CA, and they found rat meat, which was meant to be shipped to different meat processing plants across America and sold as chicken.
This means that the FDA inspectors caught, seized and destroyed thousands of pounds of illegal rat meat and they warn that there might be another 300,000 lbs. of counterfeit rat meat still in “motion”. The FDA inspectors warn that this illegal rat meat could finish in American plates during the Super Bowl this Sunday.
One of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) inspectors, Ronal Jones, said that the Super Bowl is a period where chicken wings are in high demand and where restaurants and grocery stores often face a penury. He also added that the United States laws prohibit the import and sales of rat meat as a comestible item. The illegal market is perfect for this type of illegal meat. You should know that there is nothing dangerous about consuming rat meat – if it’s properly cooked. But, it’s still illegal to import and to sell.
One of the FBI coordinators, Allen James, says that counterfeit meat sold as chicken wings is big money. Allen said that they have different situation every year. He said that last year they seized large amounts of opossum meat, imported from Mexico. Many criminal organizations see the Super Bowl as a period to cash in on different manners, such as: illegal bets, illegal gambling, counterfeit meat, etc. “If there is an easy way to make money, there always be people who will try to find a way to bypass the law and make huge profit”, Allen says.
“No way to know for sure”
Even though FDA inspectors warn that there might be hundreds of thousands of pounds of estimated illegal counterfeit meat already on the market, still there is no clear way for consumers to see the difference.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) spokesman, Jenny Brookside, says that it’s too late for the produce that has already been sold on the market. “Well, it’s up to people to try to identify the quality of the meat that is packaged. But, you should all know that there is no absolute way to determine if the meat in your plate is chicken or rat”, she says. She also says that if you find out that your chicken wings taste slightly different from usual, then that meat might be counterfeit meat. But, this type of meat can be easily hidden with using different ingredients and spices.
You should be careful and eat homemade and un-processed food. According to a 2014, FDA study, almost 36 million lbs. of illegal counterfeit meat is sold in the United States every year. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share with your friends and family.