Three persons have been sentenced to prison terms in central China for selling beef offal soaked in cancerogenic formaldehyde, authorities said today.
A restaurant in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, was found to have used formaldehyde to soak about 2,000 kgs of beef tripe and tendons worth about 100,000 yuan ($15,000), Jianghan People’s Procuratorate said.
Beef offal is a common ingredient in Chinese food.
Soaked in cancerogenic formaldehyde, it appears fresh and white.
The restaurant owner with his son and other staff added the banned addictive to the offal in February last year, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, without giving details of the prison terms.