The frozen meat’s origin wasn’t officially reported but unconfirmed sources told that some of the beef was from India and passed through Guangxi, a southern region bordering Vietnam. The meat was bound for restaurants, retailers and supermarkets in Hunan province, where it was found, and other Chinese provinces and major cities. Some of the meat was sold on the Internet. Authorities confiscated the frozen meat and arrested gangs across 14 Chinese provinces. Actually, Chinese shoppers prefer products from Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand over locally raised animals. This fact helped fuel meat smuggling in China. “Theoretically, China has strict food safety regulations, but execution is often the problem,” Peter Cheung, director of the Food and Nutritional Science Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said to the media.