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9 detained over contaminated pork

GUANGZHOU authorities have arrested nine people and revoked the license of a local livestock-market owner after pork sold at the market was found to have been contaminated by chemicals that made 70 people sick.

Officials began investigating about two months ago when 70 people became ill after eating pork in the provincial capital of southern China's Guangdong Province, Yangcheng Evening News reported yesterday.

Many were hospitalized with stomachaches, diarrhea, vomiting and headaches.

The city authorities found the pork had been contaminated by clenbuterol and ractopamine, two banned chemicals used to make animals develop more muscle and less fat.

The business license of the Guangzhou-based Quanfa Food Co, the owner of the Tianhe Livestock Market, was revoked as it had failed to properly monitor product quality at the market and had not responded fast enough when the food poisoning cases were reported, according to the newspaper.

The market will be shut from April 2 to 12 and the Guangzhou Industrial and Commercial Bureau will find another company to manage it, the newspaper said.


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