1. On Jan 1, Chinese news outlets reported that fox meat was being sold as “five spice donkey ham” in northern Chinese Wal-mart branches.
2. American companies in China are no stranger to trouble with sketchy suppliers.
Earlier this year, Yum Brands (KFC’s parent company) suffered from a scandal where its subsidiary hot pot restaurant chain was found selling rat and fox meat as lamb.
3. A Jinan City reporter found that suppliers can easily buy marinades online to mask fox meat’s strong gamey taste.
This de-scenting agent promises to act as a fly repellent, and claims that all meats cooked with its formula will taste fresh and odorless for 20-24 hours afterwards. Because of the strong smell of foxes, their flesh sells for USD $1/kilogram.