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Hot Clicks: Smuggled meat more than 40 years old recovered in China

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KHQ - If you've ever purchased meat online from a company you don't recognize and think you found a fantastic deal, this story will serve as a warning.

A state run newspaper in China has reported that more than 100,000 tons of smuggled chicken wings, beef and pork were recovered in a massive operation and some of the meat was more than 40 years old, dating all the way back to the 1970's. Custom officials have reported the meat is valued at $483 million dollars.

20 suspected gang members were also arrested in the operation. It's been assumed that the meat has been thawed and refrozen several times as smugglers don't use refrigerated trucks to transport the meat. Smugglers typically purchase the meat for a small amount of money and then transport it across the country, selling it at meat markets and online.

NBC reported that it's not been made clear yet where the meat originated or how it was stored for decades.


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