GUANGZHOU, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) --
Fourteen people in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province,
were poisoned on Wednesday evening after eating pig organs that were
suspected of containing an animal-feed additive.
The 14 people, all from the neighbouring Fujian
Province, were poisoned after
eating stir-fired pig's liver Wednesday evening at a dinner party, a
Guangzhou Municipal Disease Control and Prevention Center
They were all hospitalized at the Tianhe
for stomach aches, diarrhea, vomiting and headache, he said.
"They have acute gastroenteritis
symptoms due to food poisoning, but they don't have symptoms of hand
shivering and nervous heart," said Wang Hongxia,
a doctor at the hospital.
"It doe not look like clenbuterol poisoning but it is possible," she
is a chemical used to prevent pigs from accumulating fat. It is banned as
an additive in pig feed in China
because it is poisonous to humans and can be fatal.
Guangzhou Municipal Disease Control
Center has taken
samples of the food the victims ate and is investigating the cause of the
has reported 70 cases of clenbuterol poisoning
since Feb. 18.