In Eastern China, in the coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, the police discovered and shut down two businesses in which man-made ingredients produced fake jellyfish, informs Bi-bi-si.
According to law enforcement, illegal production worked during the year. During this time at the local food markets were sold more than 10 tons of fake jellyfish. Suspected illegal income is estimated at ¥170 million ($26.1).
The arrests of the counterfeiters were produced in April, but police reported it only last week, marks Bi-bi-si. Among the arrested are the owner of the enterprise in Huzhou city by the name of yuan and a businessman from Changzhou surnamed Jia.
Jia told investigators that fakes were made of alginic acid, alimohammadian alum and anhydrous potassium chloride, quotes bi-Bi-si the message of police of the city of Huzhou in the Chinese social network WeChat. Law enforcement officials also said that in a fake jellyfish contained “excessive amounts” of aluminum, whose concentration reached 800 mg/kg, which is eight times above the maximum permissible in China level.
In the seaside China’s Medusa is often used as a salad dressing with various spices and sauces. It is considered as a good source of protein collagen.
Bi-bi-si said that the popularity of the salad of jellyfish have led to a shortage of product, which was used by scammers. On-farm requires 40 days to grow a pound of Medusa, the retail price which is 30-40 yuan (us$4.6–6,15). Fake Medusa is two times cheaper as its production requires less time.
The police of the city of Huzhou has released a guide on how to distinguish genuine product from counterfeit. It says that the artificial jellyfish has no taste or smell, it is difficult to cut, and the texture of the adhesive tape. As for fresh natural jellyfish, it should smell like fish, to be the color is yellowish and iridescent.