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Last month we reported on a tainted pork scandal in China's Henan province, involving pigs being fed the illegal additive clenbuterol. Now, 16 officials have been charged with wrongdoing and it looks like more indictments will follow. Here's that story.
Chinese state media reported on Monday, charges have been brought against 16 Chinese Communist Party officials in connection with the tainted pork scandal in Henan province. Another 41 officials are reportedly under investigation.
In mid-March the story broke that China's largest producer of pork products—the Jiyuan Shuanghui Food Company—had been purchasing pigs given the illegal supplement clenbuterol.
Clenbuterol—also known as "lean meat powder"—is given to the pigs to create leaner muscle tissue.
Ingesting pork products contaminated with clenbuterol can lead to heart palpitations, dizziness and nausea.
Board Chairman of the Shuanghui Group, Wan Long made his second public apology on behalf of his company on Monday. So far, Wan has not been charged in the tainted pork case and neither has he resigned from his post.
Chinese consumers are irate as yet another tainted food scandal casts increasing doubt on the Chinese regime's ability to ensure the safety of the country's food supply.