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Fake crabs making dealers crabby

By Yan Shuang (Global Times)

08:20, October 26, 2012

Zheng Xiaohua, a 28-year-old hairy crab farmer at Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, said it's difficult to make it big in the crab business, though he fervently believes his crabs are among the finest on the market.

The Yangcheng Lake hairy crab farming area covers 120 square kilometers of waters in total. Autumn is the best time of the year for crab lovers to taste hairy crabs, and the renowned Yangcheng Lake hairy crabs are considered the tastiest. Nationwide demand for the area's hairy crabs spiked when fishing started on September 22, however, crab dealers selling inauthentic crabs at lower prices are making it hard for Zheng to stay competitive, he said, while government and industry bodies are failing to fix the problems.

Starting out with a crab-feeding operation two decades ago, Zheng's family now owns a crab farming operation that covers 40,000 square meters of water, and runs an online crab shop. With big companies dominating the local market and ineffective crackdowns on "fake" crab dealers, Zheng said he can only rely on word of mouth when it comes to promoting his business.

"Some crab dealing companies are owned by the bosses at the crab association, and it's easier for them to be officially recognized and receive a certificate," he said, adding that this meant they could mix inauthentic crabs with real ones.

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