News last update:Feb 25, 2016

Chinese officials dismissed for tainted pork scandal

Eight Chinese officials have been dismissed following the latest food scandal in the country where tainted pork was found to have entered the market.

The discovery in meat from slaughterhouses in the city of Gaoan in central Jiangxi province was found following an investigation by state broadcaster China Central Television which said the annual revenue of the tainted pork was more than 20 million yuan ($3.2 million). It was also reported that this tainted meat has entered at least seven provinces in total.

The state-run China Radio International (CRI) reported that eight officials have been dismissed for negligence, over sales of pork from pigs that were sick, or had already died. CRI also quoted an official from Gaoan saying 12 suspects had been detained while an illegal slaughtering site had been destroyed and another sealed.

Gaoan is one of China's major pork producers with more than two million pigs slaughtered every year, reports say.

Source: The Straits Times

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