Six men have been arrested and imprisoned awaiting trial on charges of adding melamine to animal feed. The men are also charged with selling “knacker meat” for human consumption from a retail butcher shop. Knacker meat is derived from animals that died rather than being slaughtered and is typically used for cat and dog food.
When raided by health inspectors, the government officers seized four tons of the meat at a shop that had been operating for six months. The men had a knacker truck collecting the dead animals for pet food, but were retaining the best of it to utilize through the retail shop – as much as six tons weekly.