China: Pig raisers jailed for additive use

13-07-2009 | |

Nine people in south China’s Guangdong Province have been handed jail terms ranging from six months to four years after being convicted of using a banned additive to raise or sell pigs.

In February, Deng Yungao, a pig dealer in the Jinrong livestock trade market in Guangzhou, was found guilty of selling 95 pigs fed with the additive, called “shouroujing” in Chinese. His partners, Liu Xunyao, got a one-year jail term and Xiao Xueqing, got a ten-month sentence.

The others who were sentenced include sellers of the additive and raisers of pigs. The chemical, which literally means “lean meat essences for pigs” in Chinese, can prevent pigs from accumulating fat, but is poisonous to humans and can be fatal. It is banned as an additive in pig feed in China.

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