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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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