989 People Arrested in Chinese Pork Scandal

September 5, 2011

It appears that China is taking one of its latest food scandals pretty seriously. More than 2,000 police officers were dispatched to arrest 989 people suspected of manufacturing and selling clenbuterol-tainted pork. 

A senior official in the Ministry of Public Security said a criminal enterprise was infiltrated and the police were able to break up a network of clenbuterol sales across 63 cities in China. 

To understand the gravity of the situation, look no further than news reports. Police allegedly seized "2.75 tons of clenbuterol and closed six illegal laboratories, 12 production lines, 19 processing and storage sites and 32 'underground' factories."

Let's hope this is the end of this pork scandal. 

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justin's picture

From China Today: "If fed to pigs, clenbuterol can make their flesh leaner. The chemical is banned as an additive in stock feed in China and can cause cancer and other various health problems in humans.
In the first-instance trial on July 25, the Jiaozuo Intermediate People's Court sentenced Liu Xiang to death with a two-year reprieve and Xi Zhongjie to life in prison for producing and selling over 2,700 kg of clenbuterol."

lance's picture

Not that I needed another reason to never eat anything from China but," 6 illegal labs shut down". Just creepy!