Nine arrested in tainted Chinese pork scandal
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(MEATPOULTRY.com, March 31,
by Bryan Salvage
GUANGZHOU, CHINA —
Nine people have been arrested by police and the license of a livestock
market owner has been revoked in a case involving pork tainted with a
chemical that made 70 people sick in southern China's biggest city,
according to The Associated Press.
About two months ago,
Chinese officials began investigating the pork case when 70 people
became sick after eating pig organs in Guangzhou. Many of the diners
were hospitalized. The pork was tainted with clenbuterol and
ractopamine, banned chemicals used to make animals develop more muscle
and less fat, investigators determined.
Nine suspects were
arrested and police were searching for six more, an official at the
city's Industry and Commerce Bureau told AP. Authorities also
revoked the business license of Quanfa Food Co. Ltd., which owned the
livestock market that sold the pork, according to the Xinhua News
Agency. The local Nanfang Daily newspaper published on March 31 that
the company failed to properly inspect the meat and it responded too
slow when the food poisoning cases began to appear.
If found guilty of
dealing in tainted food, Xinhua said suspects could be sentenced to up
to five years in prison.
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