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China: Meat Scares and the Bubonic Plague

China Meat Scare

Looks like smog isn’t the only health-hazard the Chinese have to watch out for…

A Shanghai meat supplier is being investigated for selling expired beef and chicken to fast-food joints – and to make matters even worse, the bubonic plague is back.

Chinese branches of McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, and even Starbucks (noooo!) have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai following allegations it sold them out of date meat. A Chinese broadcaster has accused meat supplier Husi Food Co. of repackaging expired beef and chicken with new dates.

The Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration said it had “decided to investigate claims of the alleged use of expired raw food material production and the processing of it in food”.

China’s investigation of Husi Food Co. prompted the FDA to seal off the company’s factories for further inspection.

But expired re-processed meat is the least of concerns for the 30,000 residents of Yumen, China who are not allowed to leave the city after a man died of the bubonic plague last week. A 38-year-old contracted the diseased after coming in contact with a dead marmot and feeding it to his dog. He developed a fever and died shortly after and now a huge chunk of the city has been sealed off from the rest of the country. Plus, 151 people have been quarantined after coming into direct contact with the man who contracted the disease.

The plague, which killed tens of millions of people throughout Europe during the 14th century, affects about 1,000 to 3,000 people every year, but bubonic plague outbreaks are rare in China. Unless of course you find a dead marmot and decide to chop it up and feed it to your dog…

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Hot Pockets

Current Event Cat - Hot Pockets

If you’re drunk or trailer trash, you might want to think twice about shoving the rest of that Hot Pocket into your face, because contrary to popular opinion, Hot Pockets aren’t made from the finest quality rat meat.

Two types of Hot Pockets products are being pulled from shelves for containing “diseased and unsound animals”. Yum!

Upon discovering that Rancho Feeding Corp, a California meat firm, processed nearly nine million pounds of beef from animals that had not been inspected, Nestle took a look at its supply chain and decided to recall its “Philly Steak and Cheese” and “Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese” Hot Pockets. Nestle said “a small quantity of meat” from Rancho was used at a California production facility that makes Hot Pockets and now all the Pockets must go!

The US. Department of Agriculture said in a statement Tuesday that the Rancho meat company processed animals that were “diseased” or otherwise “unsound,” and that products made from the meat were “unfit for human food”.

No illnesses have been reported so far – outside of the usual Hot Pocket runs that is.

For more on Hot Pockets, see Jim Gaffigan:

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