Mystery Meatballs

DNA tests reveal meat- and lobster ball contents: Food fraud is rampant in pre-packaged and non-prepackaged meatballs, according to the Consumer Council in Hongkong. This DNA investigation of beef meatballs revealed that 60% of samples contained pig derived meat, other samples contained chicken. None of the analyzed lobster ball samples showed any crustacean DNA. Consumers, especially ones with dietary or religious restrictions, are cautioned to check the ingredients lists of pre-packaged meatballs carefully and to be aware the some of the meatballs may contain undesired mystery meat.

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Posted on 7 March 2022