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Chinese authorities arrest nearly 1,000 in connection with tainted-pork scandal

August 29, 2011
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BEIJING — An official with the Chinese government today announced the arrests of 989 people in connection with the recent tainted-pork scandal, UPI reported.

The arrests came after police busted a criminal ring involved in the manufacture and sale of clenbuterol, an illegal drug that is used as an additive in pig feed to help make pork meat leaner, but is poisonous to people.

The clenbuterol-tainted pork scandal, which came to light in March, has heightened consumer concern across the country, forcing authorities to come down hard on violators, the article stated.

In the latest crackdown, police seized 2.75 tons of clenbuterol and closed six illegal laboratories, 12 production lines, 19 processing and storage sites and 32 “underground” factories.
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