Chinese officials have seized 100,000 tons of smuggled meat, some of which was found with packaging dates in the 1970s. The 40-year-old meat included chicken wings, beef and pork and was valued up to 3 billion renminbi, or $483 million. To keep the operation budget friendly, the meat was often transported in ordinary, nonrefrigerated trucks for up to 12 hours at a time.

“It was too smelly! A truck full of it! I almost threw up when the door opened,” Zhang Tao, a Changsha official involved in the crackdown told state news agency Xinhua.

The meat had been found in 14 different provinces and regions, much of it was sold online, and 20 people so far have been arrested.

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