China aims to clamp down on clenbuterol
Local Chinese authorities should clamp down on
illegal additives in pig feed. The country's ministry of agriculture issued a
circular with this advice.
The notice comes soon after 336 people in Shanghai had to be hospitalised
after eating contaminated pork. The pork contained traces of clenbuterol, used
to obtain leaner pig meat.
Officially, the additive has been banned for years but in some regions it
is a well-known secret that it is still used. Therefore, local watchdogs should
enhance supervision to ensure product safety.
In most areas of China, pork is safe, the ministry emphasised. The licenses
of enterprises producing food products containing banned medicine should be
cancelled and inspections should be carried out in key areas, the ministry
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