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    Tainted Pork Scandal in China


    by NTDTelevision

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    Chinese consumers are outraged at another tainted food scandal, this time involving the country's largest producer of pork. Farmers were found to be adding growth stimulants to pig feed, including clenbuterol, a substance illegally used by some athletes as a performance-enhancing drug.

    Another tainted food scandal has rocked China. Major pork producers have been feeding pigs with growth stimulants considered harmful to humans.

    Pig farms and slaughterhouses in Henan and Nanjing Provinces were adding clenbuterol and ractopamine to pig feed to produce leaner, pinker meat.

    Clenbuterol is banned in many countries and has been illegally used by athletes as a performance-enhancing drug. It can cause quickened heartbeat and headaches, and in some cases major health complications.

    Ractopamine is banned in China, Taiwan and other countries because it makes pigs more aggressive and its residue could affect humans, but it's used by U.S. pork producers.

    The news broke when Chinese media reported on the use of the chemicals by a subsidiary of the country's largest meat processor, Henan Shuanghui Investment and Development Co Ltd, which has Goldman Sachs as one of its investors.

    Chinese shopper like Mr. Zhang were very upset about this latest food scandal.

    [Mr. Zhang, Chinese Shopper]:
    "First, I'm very angry. It's not the first time that this additive has been used—it has happened before. Why does it keep happening? I'm definitely worried because it's extremely harmful to our health. Lastly, it will definitely affect whether people buy pork. This is very shocking."

    Police detained 14 people in Henan and eight in Nanjing in relation to the food scandal, according to state media.
    Ben Yang