China ordered local governments to more stringently inspect meat products and meat facilities on the heels of several food safety scandals that have gained national attention this year, Reuters reported, citing state-run Xinhua News Agency. In early May, authorities caught a crime ring that had sold off US$1 million worth of rodent meat as lamb. The government said it will increase its scrutiny of such products in warehouses, workshops and factories around China. Several food safety scandals have rocked the country this year. In March, thousands of dead pigs were found floating in a river that supplies water to Shanghai.