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Nine jailed for selling contaminated pork

NINE people involved in six separate cases of selling contaminated pork in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, were sentenced to jail yesterday.

The penalties were not severe as there had been no serious food poisoning reported. Most of the contaminated pigs were detected by the food authority before they were sold, court officials told today's Guangzhou Daily.

But in one case, pigs sold by Deng Yungao, Liu Xunyao and Xiao Xueqing had made 70 people unwell. The pigs had been fed with clenbuterol, a banned chemical used to make pigs develop more muscle and less fat, earlier media reports said.

Deng rented a stand at a market that sold live pigs in Baiyun District from October last year. Liu and Xiao were hired to work at the stand while Deng sold live pigs outside the market. Police raided the stand in the early hours of January 22 and seized 31 contaminated pigs.

Deng was jailed for four years and fined 50,000 yuan (US$7,318.8). Liu was sentenced to one year with a fine of 5,000 yuan. Xiao received a jail term of 10 months and was fined 3,000 yuan.


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