Meat from sick animals sold in China
Tainted meat is making its way into China's domestic market, according to
quality officials from the Chinese government. The warning comes as the country
is fighting to overcome intense international criticism for exporting unsafe
products, from tainted pet food to popular children's toys made with lead
"Recently, the illegal selling of pork from pigs which
died of disease was discovered in some parts of the country," according to the
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
Inspections must be carried out to ensure that pork from sick animals is not
sold to consumers, it said. The agency did not give specific examples, but
reports of people becoming sick after eating tainted or poisoned food are almost
daily occurrences in China.
Pork prices have jumped by more than 40% over
the past year, partly due to a shortage caused by the spread of blue-ear
disease. China's government says the ailment has killed at least 18,000 pigs and
Premier Wen Jiabao appeared on national television in May to assure the public
the government is tackling the problem. But many farmers have stopped raising
pigs for fear they might be stricken by the disease, authorities
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
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