Arrests of makers of fake vaccine in China
Chinese state media reported on Monday that they have
arrested the makers of a fake vaccine, which failed to prevent an outbreak of
blue-ear pig disease.
A farm in central China purchased the vaccine illegally
in Beijing in June according to the Xinhua News Agency
. Subsequently, the farm suffered an outbreak
of the disease. An investigation revealed that the vaccine was fake and the
producers did not even have a license.
The producers have been arrested and will face criminal charges. The
workshops have also been destroyed.
According to the agriculture ministry, by
August 22 this year, blue-ear pig disease had infected 257,000 pigs in China.
68,000 died and up to 175,000 hogs were culled.
The country has been attempting to control the spread of the disease by
carrying out a vaccination programme as the disease is blamed for the steep rise
in the price of pork, which is a key element of the average Chinese diet.
â€¢ Ministry of Agriculture
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