Police in China have smashed a crime ring that sold meat from rats and other animals as mutton, in a case that left the public disgusted and highlighted the need for more food safety regulations in the world’s most populous nation.

The 60-member ring took in more than $1 million, and increased to nearly 1,000 the number of people arrested since the end of January for selling tainted meat products, the Ministry of Public Security said on its website Thursday.

According to Reuters, one suspect used additives to spice up and sell rat, fox and mink meat at markets in Shanghai and Jiangsu province.

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