Police in Xi’an, Shaanxi province have seized over 20,000 kg of fake beef made from pork and treated with chemicals, JRJ reports.

The pork was treated with chemicals, including paraffin wax and industrial salts, to make it look like beef. The factory sold over 1,500 kg of the fake beef to local markets at around 25 to 33 yuan per kilo.

Six workshops producing the ‘beef’ have been shut down and the meat seized as evidence.

The news will come as particular concern to Xi’an’s large Muslim community, who may have been buying some distinctly non-halal beef.

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