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It's the butcher's shop where owner Wan Shen can guarantee that all his meat is squeaky clean - because all he ever sells are freshly caught mice.

Locals in Guangdong province, southern China, have a reputation for being able to cook and stomach any food, no matter how bizarre.

Now they're trying to export to the rest of the country one of their most highly rat-ed delicacies which is considered so tasty that pound for pound it's more expensive than chicken or pork.

Fans can even buy a specially cured mouse bacon made into tiny rashers by delicate carving, explained Wan, from Dongguan.

"Some people worry that mice aren't clean but these are all wild, free range mice caught in the countryside and are very healthy. They are thought of as a special treat," added Wan.

Customer Mo Lin added: "I've been eating mice for 10 years with no ill effects. You can fry them, roast them or boil them. They're very sweet and tasty."

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