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NY cracks down on illegal mystery meats
Yahoo AP ^ | 1 December 2006 one hour 26 minutes ago | ADAM GOLDMAN, AP Business Writer

Posted on 12/01/2006 2:33:53 PM PST by shrinkermd

When a food safety inspector walked into a market in Queens, he noticed the store had an interesting special posted on its front window: 12 beefy armadillos. In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another market. At a West African grocery in Manhattan, the store was selling smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. An inspector quickly seized a couple pounds of it.

All of it was headed for the dinner table. All of it was also illegal.

Authorities say the discoveries are part of a larger trend in which markets across New York are buying meat and other foods from unregulated sources and selling them to an immigrant population accustomed to more exotic fare.

State regulators have responded by stepping up enforcement, confiscating 65 percent more food through September than they did in all of 2005.

The seizures also cast a spotlight on the eating habits of this ethnically diverse city, where everything from turtles and fish paste to frogs and duck feet make their way onto people's plates.

"At one time or another, we've probably seen about everything," said Joseph Corby, director of the state's Division of Food Safety and Inspection.

In an attempt to stamp out the activity, Corby's agency has ramped up efforts, working with the Food and Drug Administration, to prevent this illicit food from reaching store shelves.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: armadillo; bigmacaca; cats; dogs; food; gross; iguana; kittycanapes; monkeyburritos; mousebites; possum; possumjerky; rats; realhotdogs; rodent; rodentmeat; starlingsnacks; unusual; watch
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Your government at work. You ordinary, proletarian types need protection by the elite from smoked rodent meat.
1 posted on 12/01/2006 2:33:56 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

Versus legal mystery meat?


2 posted on 12/01/2006 2:34:38 PM PST by Ben Mugged (Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.)
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To: shrinkermd

It all tastes like chicken anyway.


3 posted on 12/01/2006 2:37:09 PM PST by ElkGroveDan ( What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul?)
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To: shrinkermd

Lovely. Another element in our transformation into a Third World country thanks to unfettered immigration.


4 posted on 12/01/2006 2:37:24 PM PST by 3AngelaD (ic.)
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To: shrinkermd

Now watch how the dogs and cats start disappearing in those neighborhoods.


5 posted on 12/01/2006 2:37:25 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: shrinkermd

"We Celebrate Diversity"


6 posted on 12/01/2006 2:38:16 PM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: Ben Mugged

Yeah, what used to show up on Wednesdays in the ol' high school cafeteria.......


7 posted on 12/01/2006 2:38:17 PM PST by Clifford The Big Red Dog (Woof!)
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To: shrinkermd

Um-Um good old beefy armadillo meat and smoke rodents! Sounds like a feast to me!


8 posted on 12/01/2006 2:38:18 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: shrinkermd
Authorities say the discoveries are part of a larger trend in which markets across New York are buying meat and other foods from unregulated sources and selling them to an immigrant population accustomed to more exotic fare.

Eating mystery meat that most Americans wont. Thats why we need them!

9 posted on 12/01/2006 2:38:51 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: shrinkermd
"In a city filled with clusters of people hailing from all over the world, these rules can get lost in translation."

I don't get it. Why is anyone complaining?

Perhaps if we required immigrants to learn English, we might be able to teach them our law, too.

Except I don't think a single American can reasonably understand every single law that's out there.

But hey, folks asked for diversity; now they are getting diversity.

</snicker>

P.S.

Nasher bought the chickens from a poultry market in Brooklyn, and said he didn't know he was violating state law.

"In Bangladesh, you didn't have all these rules," he said.

Nasher, you're not in Bangladesh any more.

10 posted on 12/01/2006 2:38:57 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * Allen for U.S. Senate in '08)
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To: shrinkermd

Yeah. I have mixed feelings about it, however; at one time, markets in Spain used to have to sell skinned rabbits with the ears on - because otherwise, there was no way of telling them from skinned cats. Dar gato por liebre (offering cat as rabbit), in fact, is a Spanish saying.

So I wouldn't say I'm totally opposed to food inspection, but on the other hand, of course these people are going to have to get their rodents, armadillos, etc. outside of the normal meat suppliers. Silly interference.


11 posted on 12/01/2006 2:39:26 PM PST by livius
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To: shrinkermd
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12 posted on 12/01/2006 2:39:59 PM PST by digger48
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To: shrinkermd
smoked rodent meat

GROSS

Don't y'all love multiculturalism now. s/

13 posted on 12/01/2006 2:40:01 PM PST by TOneocon
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To: shrinkermd

Uh-ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I can see it now. Charges of "eating while ethnic". Lawyers all over the place. The Council on Gastronomic-American Relations (pronounced see-gar) getting all wiggy.


14 posted on 12/01/2006 2:40:09 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: shrinkermd

Great green gobs of greasy grimey gopher guts,

Mutilated monkey meat,

Itsy bitsy birdie feet,

French fried eye-balls,

Rolling down a muddy street,

And I forgot my spoon!


15 posted on 12/01/2006 2:40:15 PM PST by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out...)
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To: shrinkermd; NYTexan; SouthTexas; glock rocks

Mmmmmmm... Armadillo and Fish Paste! For those refugees from Texas.

OTOH, isn't this racial profiling?


16 posted on 12/01/2006 2:40:41 PM PST by tubebender (Growing old is mandatory...Growing up is optional)
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To: shrinkermd
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17 posted on 12/01/2006 2:40:47 PM PST by digger48
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To: shrinkermd
Actually, these exotic meats pose a significant problem to our domestic food chain. Everything from African swine fever and Foot and Mouth disease can be transmitted from foreign meats that are not from approved and reputable sources. Armadillos carry Leprosy, rats...lassa fever and a myriad of togaviruses, reptiles...parasites that will kill humans if eaten even slightly uncooked.

These places should be dealt with harshly and rapidly IMHO.

18 posted on 12/01/2006 2:41:05 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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19 posted on 12/01/2006 2:41:08 PM PST by EX52D (Life is a stage, and we are merely players...)
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To: shrinkermd

I catch my own rats. No big deal.


20 posted on 12/01/2006 2:41:47 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Naziism was in 1937.)
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To: Ben Mugged

"It's not meat, but it tastes strangely familiar."


21 posted on 12/01/2006 2:42:22 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Naziism was in 1937.)
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To: livius

I saw rabbits like that in Dublin, too.


22 posted on 12/01/2006 2:42:55 PM PST by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out...)
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To: ElkGroveDan
It all tastes like chicken anyway.

But I still won't eat it if it smells like fish.

23 posted on 12/01/2006 2:42:55 PM PST by WhirlwindAttack (Shiny let's be bad guys. Dong Mah? (understand?))
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To: shrinkermd

High school cafeterias will shut down.


24 posted on 12/01/2006 2:43:31 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (Dyslexics of the world, UNTIE!)
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25 posted on 12/01/2006 2:43:43 PM PST by digger48
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To: 3AngelaD
"Lovely. Another element in our transformation into a Third World country..."

You obviously have never ventured into parts of Appalachia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Isn't those the kind of meats God invented bar-b-que sauce for?

26 posted on 12/01/2006 2:44:10 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Solamente
And I forgot my spoon!

...so use a straw!
27 posted on 12/01/2006 2:44:24 PM PST by IslandJeff (FR mail me to be added to the Type I Diabetes ping list)
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To: digger48

My motto is "One man's pet is another man's meat -- but keep your hands off my Pomeranian."


28 posted on 12/01/2006 2:45:57 PM PST by Callahan
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To: Solamente

That is hilarious--one of my favorite songs as a child. LMAO


29 posted on 12/01/2006 2:47:00 PM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: Callahan
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30 posted on 12/01/2006 2:49:34 PM PST by digger48
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To: livius

My main concern is with the potential of disease.


31 posted on 12/01/2006 2:52:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: livius

"...Dar gato por liebre (offering cat as rabbit)..."

Truth in advertising is important and if a poor soul buys lizard meat and instead gets buzzard, which is against his religious beliefs to ingest, obviously the government needs to step in and protect the poor shmuck from hell and damnation. Personally, I find USDA choice salamander quite a delicacy (it must be a young salamader). <sarc obviously.


32 posted on 12/01/2006 2:52:23 PM PST by downtownconservative
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To: shrinkermd
"At a West African grocery in Manhattan, the store was selling smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. An inspector quickly seized a couple pounds of it."

Cazart! How many thousand rats does it take to make a "couple pounds" of smoked rodent meat?

33 posted on 12/01/2006 2:53:19 PM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: shrinkermd

The real job of the meat inspectors is to make the world safe for Tyson.


34 posted on 12/01/2006 2:54:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: digger48

Ah, Achmed, you brought us lunch!


35 posted on 12/01/2006 2:54:38 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: downtownconservative

Monkey jerky coming to a supermarket near you! I live in a small town and can't imagine going to my local meat market or grocery and finding all these things. Is there no escape from these third-world folks? FDA to fix laws so it is legal or what???


36 posted on 12/01/2006 2:55:13 PM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: longhorn too

Reminds me of a joke here in the great state of Texas:

How many Aggies does it take to eat an armadillo?
Three--One to eat it, and two to watch for cars.


37 posted on 12/01/2006 2:56:10 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Buck W.

Those Aggies stuck it to us this year!!!!!!!


38 posted on 12/01/2006 2:58:13 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: IslandJeff

Years ago (in NYC,) I was with a Puerto Rican buddy of mine, and I was stoned or high or both, and agreed to follow him into some hispanic diner hole in the wall on Delancey Street.

He's ordering in his ethnic jibberish, while I'm trying to find the least repulsive looking food steaming away in trays.

I go for the meat.

After 30 seconds of jawing the tough "beef," and not recognizing the bones after a lifetime of eating beef, he tells me I'm eating horse spine.

After I regurgitated back onto the paper plate, I asked him what he was eating.

Pig ears - and the popping sound was when tooth pierced a deep fried cyst.

To this day, I prepare all my food by myself at home.


39 posted on 12/01/2006 2:59:45 PM PST by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out...)
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To: Solamente

"I saw rabbits like that in Dublin, too."

What's wrong with eating rabbits? I had rabbit just a few weeks ago in a very popular restaurant.


40 posted on 12/01/2006 3:01:47 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: digger48

I sure hope that's poison she's pouring in for those little rodents. They need some cats over there.


41 posted on 12/01/2006 3:03:06 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Solamente

"After 30 seconds of jawing the tough "beef," and not recognizing the bones after a lifetime of eating beef, he tells me I'm eating horse spine. "

If you ever had beef in Italy, more than likely you were eating horse and didn't even know it.


42 posted on 12/01/2006 3:04:40 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: shrinkermd
I ate armadillo when I was undergoing survival training in the USAF. A mite greasy but ok when you haven't eaten for a day, or so. It tasted like pork.

Bayou natives in Louisiana export thousands of pounds of Nutria meat to France every year. For those not familiar with them, Nutria are large aquatic rat-like creatures.


43 posted on 12/01/2006 3:06:07 PM PST by CholeraJoe (Spork weasels ain't afraid of nuthin' but running out of sardines.)
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To: shrinkermd

Makes possum belly and pigs feet sound like normal fare.


44 posted on 12/01/2006 3:06:08 PM PST by dforest (Don't get fooled, the bigger struggle is still out there, and growing)
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To: WhirlwindAttack
But I still won't eat it if it smells like fish.

< joke that would get me banned >* Never mind. < /joke that would get me banned >

45 posted on 12/01/2006 3:07:38 PM PST by OSHA (I am become OSHA, destroyer of beers.)
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To: Kirkwood

Nothing. But it did freak me out a little, as I am conditioned to eat Brooklyn food, of which encompasses many foods, but not rabbits - geez.


46 posted on 12/01/2006 3:07:54 PM PST by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out...)
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To: ShadowDancer

Need some dinner ideas?


47 posted on 12/01/2006 3:07:56 PM PST by dakine
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To: lowbridge

Once again, 'minorities hardest hit,' right? lol


48 posted on 12/01/2006 3:09:13 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: EX52D

There is a reason why Spam is so popular in the Pacific Isles, you know.

Tastes like Long Pork.


49 posted on 12/01/2006 3:10:41 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: Kirkwood

"What's wrong with eating rabbits?"

It has only one stomach and does not have cloven hooves, for starters.


50 posted on 12/01/2006 3:11:30 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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