SHANGHAI’S RESIDENTS HAVE JOKED FOR YEARS THAT THE CITY’S HOT POT RESTAURANTS SUBSTITUTE CAT MEAT FOR LAMB.

Shanghai’s residents have joked for years that the city’s hot pot restaurants substitute cat meat for lamb.

Shanghai diners fed rat, mink and fox instead of lamb

Shanghai diners fed rat, mink and fox instead of lamb  Photo: ALAMY

For the past four years, the police said, the gang had taken the small mammals, doused their flesh in dye and preservatives, and sold it as lamb “at farmers’ markets in Jiangsu and Shanghai”.

In a raid, nearly 10 tons of the counterfeit lamb was confiscated from a warehouse and the police said the gang had made profits of at least £1 million.

“How many rats does it take to put together a sheep?” asked one user of Weibo, China’sversion of Twitter.

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