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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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Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari

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GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.

He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.

Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.

The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.

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