Decades-old frozen meat, some of it dating as far back as the 1970s, was seized by police in China recently in an effort to crack down on smuggling. 

Nearly £300 million (€420,503,607) worth of dangerous meat that was headed to restaurants and supermarkets around China was seized by officers in an operation in Beijing this week. 

The consignments of meat had been transported by smugglers, and many of them were using trucks that had no refrigeration, meaning that the meat had thawed and been re-frozen several times along the route. The result was tonnes of stinking, rotten meat greeting the officers who stopped the trucks, with one telling reporters that "It was smelly, and I nearly threw up when I opened the door". 

According to The Metro, the meat is believed to be coming into China from Brazil and India through neighbouring Hong Kong and Vietnam in order to avoid Beijing's laws on importation. 

Via The Metro. Main pic via CEN/The Metro