CHICKENS FED ILLEGAL POWDER

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(0510 CR M08) CHICKENS FED ILLEGAL POWDER DATELINE: May 10, 2011 LENGTH: 00:02:05 PKG INTRO Traders are believed to have illegally filled nearly 1,000 live chickens with mineral powder to increase their weight. As China Report shows you, consumers fear their health might be in danger. PKG According to Tuesday's China Daily, the chickens were found in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. They were being transported from Guizhou province on early Sunday morning. Local consumers told authorities that unknown substances had been found in the digestive tracts of live chickens bought from local markets. And they feared their health might be in danger. Since April 18, the administration has investigated several poultry markets, collecting samples for testing. The samples taken from the chicken's intestines were found to contain a considerable amount of barium sulfate, commonly known as barite powder. Barite powder is mostly used to add weight to oil drilling mud, an Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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