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Chinese police seize fake chemical jellyfish

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HUZHOU — A huge amount of man-made, chemical loaded jellyfish has been seized by Chinese police, adding new ingredient to the country’s long recipe of fake foods.

The marine creature is a popular appetiser in China, known for its crisp but fleshy texture, often shredded and pickled in salt, vinegar and a little sugar.

Fake jellyfish, produced using chemicals, was found at a food market in Huzhou, in the coastal province of Zhejiang, the local government said on its website.

The concoction had a high aluminium content, the long-term consumption of which can damage bones and nerves and lead to memory loss and mental decline.

Huzhou police also issued advice on WeChat on differentiating real jellyfish from fake.

Fake jellyfish tends to be white and transparent, and it is tasteless and tough, the release said, adding that real jellyfish has a yellow tinge and has a fishy smell.

China is prone to food safety scandals as businesses, sometimes in collusion with corrupt officials, which often ignores standards and regulations in pursuit of profit.

The vendors’ suppliers in neighboring Jiangsu sold more than 10 tonnes before being caught, the local government said, netting $35,000 between two gangs.

A total of six suspects were detained in two raids and police were investigating further, it added.

In 2008, several infants died and thousands fell ill because of baby milk powder tainted by a chemical additive. Two dairy farmers were executed over the case.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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