Mon February 23, 2009
China: 70 ill from tainted pig organs
Source of Article: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/22/china.poisonings/
, China (CNN) -- At least 70 people in one Chinese province
have suffered food poisoning in recent days after eating pig organs
contaminated by a banned food additive, state-run media reported Monday.
Health officials in the Guangdong
province in southeast China
said most were treated at hospitals and released, but at least three people
remained hospitalized, the China Daily newspaper reported.
The victims complained of stomach aches and
diarrhea after eating pig organs bought in local markets since Thursday, China's
Xinhua news agency reported. A local health official said initial
investigations indicated that the pig organs were contaminated by clenbuterol, an additive that is banned in pig feed in China.
Three people were detained for suspected
involvement in raising and selling contaminated pigs, authorities said.
Clenbuterol can prevent pigs from accumulating
fat but is harmful to humans and can be fatal. One of the largest food
poisoning cases involving clenbuterol happened in Shanghai in September
2006, when 336 people were hospitalized after eating pig meat or organs
contaminated with the additive, China Daily said.