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China Hit By Pork Scandal – pigs in several farms test positive for a banned drug

Posted by Author on March 18, 2011


Authorities in central China detained three officials and launched a probe into hundreds of pig farms on Friday after animals there tested positive for a banned chemical that can be dangerous to humans.

The latest food safety scandal in China emerged as the official Xinhua news agency said it had found that 52 out of about 1,500 pigs in nine farms in Henan province had tested positive for clenbuterol, a drug used by farmers to bulk up livestock.

The report prompted supermarkets to pull from the shelves Shineway brand meat products belonging to the country’s largest meat processor, Henan Shuanghui Investment and Development Co. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pork Price Increases Lead to Fights, Open Fire in China

Posted by Author on November 23, 2007


By Wen Hua, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 16, 2007-

China’s recent dramatic price increases in food and other goods have led to violent confrontations in many cities. For many Chinese citizens, especially the retired elderly, the price increases are becoming more than what their paychecks can handle.

According to media in mainland China, on early morning of November 11, a mob of thirty-plus armed with knives and guns opened fire at the Kemu Langianhe pork market in Guangzhou City, Guangdong province. The group threatened and beat Deng, the manager of the pork marketing company.

Two shots were fired during the attack, and over ten people were beaten and injured with wooden and metal rods.

It is reported that the attack was organized by the marketing company preceding the current one to win back their business.

According to the newest data from China’s Department of Statistics, the price of metals has increased over ten percent since October 2007, while coal and gas have each increased by roughly five percent. The largest increase in 2007 has been seen in food, with an over eight percent increase.

During the past week, the price of pork across 36 major Chinese cities has increased by an average of over one percent, with the highest increase being nearly 19 percent in Changzi City of Shanxi Province. In addition, the pork price has doubled in Dalian City of Liaoning Province since last year.

While visiting Beijing’s poverty stricken populace earlier in November, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao admitted that stabilizing the economy has become one of China’s largest problems.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Pretty Pigs and Revenge- China Social Problem

Posted by Author on October 15, 2007


By Zhang Tianliang, New Epoch Weekly Magazine, Via the Epochtimes, Oct 10, 2007-

There is an episode in the martial arts novel The Dragon Chronicles which describes how old Zhu vents his anger when he was beaten so badly that he had a black left eye, half of his face was swollen and he looked like a pig. He was forced to cook for his enemies. When old Zhu had so much anger in his chest, he spat into the wok while cooking, rubbed some old dirt between his hands, and then added some of his nasal mucus. Then he laughed happily. He was making food with a “clear conscience” and the joy of revenge was about to overflow.

Recently, the poisonous food in mainland China has attracted international attention. Many people assume that vendors without conscience and lack of supervision, etc. caused it. However, after a careful analysis, we can see that there is a similarity between the vendors and old Zhu in The Dragon Chronicles .

Mr. Zhou Qing, a scholar from mainland China, published “What Food Can People Trust and Depend On?” last year. There is a story in his book, which we can take as a moral or lesson:

“In central China, a provincial official accompanied the highest state official in charge of agriculture on a visit to a hog farmer. The officials found in the pigsty that some pigs—with shinny hair and plump buttocks—really stood out from the rest. Out of curiosity, the senior official asked about the difference. The farmer said, “Those pretty pigs were fed with clenbuterol and will be sold to city folks. The ordinary looking ones are for our own consumption.” The senior official was shocked and asked, “Do you know that clenbuterol is harmful?”

“Yes, but city folks have free medical care. They should be fine.”

Farmers are the lowest level in the society and are the targets of contempt and discrimination. With resentment in their hearts, farmers acquire the old Zhu mentality naturally. Since they are the lowest, they use the pigs as their objects. Feeding poison to the pigs is not only more profitable but also helps them to vent their resentment. They cannot wait to see the higher officials eating the poisoned pork.

Farmers probably are not aware that officials from the divisions of finance, taxation, and quarantine are doing something against them out of their own resentment towards their superiors who are engaging in corruption, bribery and indulging themselves in wine, women, and pleasure, etc. However, those officials cannot touch their superiors; so, they vent their anger at the farmers.

Above that level, actually, the directors of various divisions have resentment towards the mayors who are selling available jobs for profit. According to the unspoken rule, the directors have to hand over half of their bribes to the mayors as a “protection fee” to keep their jobs. In order to keep their jobs, they remain quiet. The same kind of extortion or blackmail repeats at higher levels. The higher the level the more able one is to steal from the national banks.

Therefore, no matter what position they are in, how much power they possess, how much they are able to steal, the officials are still angry. Looking down from the pyramid of power, every level is extorting from a lower level and every level is angry. When there is no upward avenue to vent one’s anger on, one vents it downwards. Thus, now the farmers are putting poison in the food for retaliation.

Perhaps, we are surprised to find out that these farmers, while hurting others, can sleep well at night, but that is because everyone has the justification from a paralyzed conscience: “I am at least better than my boss.”

A society without justice is hopeless. The poisonous food is only a manifestation of our system. If this system, which was created by the Communist Party, is not eliminated, the bad phenomena can only escalate, and the bad cycle will keep repeating.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Social Injustice and Loss of Morality in China

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Cartoon: China’s Olym-Pigs

Posted by Author on October 9, 2007


by Qingxin Cartoon Workshop, published by the Epochtimes –

China's Olym-pigs

On the picture:

Olym-pigs is accepting physical examination, the nurse is preparing none-additive food for it. The ordinary pig, has to eat infected feedstuff. People eat infected pork (from the ordinary pig) everyday.

Pork of the Olym-pigs is just a privilege of foreign athletes.

Story:

While Chinese citizens suffering the spreading pig disease, jumping pork price and market-flooded infected pork, Chinese government is raising expensive, high quality, special guaranteed none-infected Olym-pigs, the “Olympic Pigs” , to accommodate foreigners and athletes for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

According to the report [1] from China’s state controlled largest news website Sina (www. sina.com.cn), Liu Yanyun, the board chairman of Beijing Qian Xi He Group, said the company “has built up about 10 secret hoggery bases across the country, to guaranteed the supply of pork to the upcoming Olympic games 5 times more than demand.”

Liu said the secret location of the 10 hoggery bases can not be disclosed, but all the locations are far away from urban areas that have no air, water and soil pollution.
The secret bases are video monitored 24 hours a day, the other ordinary pigs are not allowed to get in. Most important, food for Olym-pigs does not have additive inside.

Pigs are required to do 2 to 3 hours exercise everyday.

It’s now a hot topic among Chinese bloggers.

Some of them say, “I’d rather like to be a Olym-pigs than a Chinese citizen”.

Note:

[1]: Sino’s report (in Chinese):
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2007-08-22/020612425146s.shtml

Related:
China: Infected Pork Floods the Market, ‘Olym-pigs’ Raised for 2008 Games

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China: Infected Pork Floods the Market, ‘Olym-pigs’ Raised for 2008 Games

Posted by Author on October 8, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 06, 2007-

Recently, because of a wide spread pig disease, China’s pork prices skyrocketed again, which helped push the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to the highest on record for the past 11 years.

Adding insult to injury, media revealed that pork from sick pigs floods the mainland’s markets, while the communist regime is raising expensive, high quality “Olympic Pigs” to accommodate foreigners and athletes.

Regarding the situation, The Epoch Times interviewed social economist Dr. Cheng Xiaonong and commentator Ma Xiaomin, a former journalist from a Shan’xi Province TV station. Both of them believe pork prices will continue to rise and the regime’s regulation won’t solve the problem. The price increase has already had a big impact on people’s daily life, which increases people’s dissatisfaction. This will have a negative impact on the 17th Communist Party Congress and next years Beijing Olympics.

Infected Pork Floods the Market

Since pork prices skyrocketed, mainland media often report that sick pigs’ pork has secretly entered the market. On October 2, a resident from China’s northeast city Jilin, told Epoch Times that since July, large amounts of infected pork entered markets in Jilin and surrounding areas.

The Jilin resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Epoch Times, “Local people say, ‘[safe] pork is almost non-existent, any pork on the market is from sick pigs.'”

According to this Jilin resident, on the October 1, China’s National Day, one could not find pig feet, a popular and inexpensive meat product in China, in any of Jilin City’s major markets.

Some meat shop owners have been infected by an unknown skin disease on their arms. Their skin color changed to red with white spots. Shop owners believe they were infected when selling pork from infected pigs.

Vendor ‘Ethics’ and Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

Commentator Ma Xiaomin said he often heard people discuss infected pork. Someone even digs up buried sick pigs and sells the meat on the market. Some vendors worry that a customer may find out the uncooked meat has a problem, so they pre-cook the meat and then sell it.

Ma said, “This summer, my friend brought me to a pig farm. I saw a lot of medicine on the farmer’s desk, all kinds of medicine for pigs. The farmer told me, currently, there is very limited profit in raising a pig, raising pigs on a large scale is even worse, because there are so many pig diseases.

“To make things worse, currently bacteria causing the disease have already developed antibiotic resistance because farmers use large doses and all kinds of antibiotics to cure the pigs and to prevent the disease. It is a vicious cycle.”

Regulation Is Not Effective

When asked to comment about the regime’s regulation of the situation, both Ma and Dr. Chen believe current regulation has no effect.

Ma said, “Pork prices increased quickly; in Xi’an City, the price increased from 7 to 8 yuan (approximately $US1) a kilo to 21 yuan (approximately $US3) a kilo. People are very unhappy.

“Although the government adopted a series of measures to regulate the issue, it is not effective in controlling the price increase. Wen Jiabao (Chinese Premier) has taken many measures since July, but I don’t see any effect.”

Dr Cheng said, “The communist regime has been drumming up how effective it would be to solve the problem by putting 30,000 tons of pork in the market, but it is actually more for propaganda rather than actual effect. The regime hopes the figure will deceive the Chinese people, ease social conflicts and calm down the complaints.”

Cheng said, “In urban areas, about 30 percent of high and middle income families might not mind too much about the pork price increase, but it is a big blow to the poor majority, and low income families.”

“The poor and low income social levels already have a lot of dissatisfaction towards the regime, since the pork price increase, their dissatisfaction has grown bigger. Every time, before the Party Congress, the regime always creates a “unified,” “advanced,” and “harmonious” atmosphere, but unfortunately, the 17th Party Congress encountered the pork price increase. People even express their dissatisfaction toward the Party Congress. That is not what the regime expected.” Cheng continued.

Cheng also said that the food price increases before the Beijing Olympics bring more pressure to poor and low income people. Now people have more complaints about this face saving project (2008 Olympics). “Peoples’ lives are getting harder, while the government is spending more money on the face saving project, it creates more dissatisfaction.”

‘Olym-pigs’—Privileged Group’s Safe Food Right

Facing international pressure about China’s export products’ safety issue, the regime disclosed to the media that it is raising high quality pigs at a high cost to satisfy meat demands for foreigners and athletes during the Olympics next year. Some pig farmers even told the media, it is their glory to accept this “political task.”

The regime wants to comfort foreigners by releasing such information, but on the contrary it creates a strong backlash among Chinese people.

Dr Cheng said, “The system of raising ‘Olym-pigs’ has existed for a long time, but in the past it only served high ranking communist cadres. The ‘Olym-pigs’ news exposed the communist cadres’ food privilege. This kind of farm has existed in Beijing for a long time, it is not something new, it just expanded because of the Olympics.”

“In order to flatter the international society, the regime unconsciously made public its food privilege.” Chen added.

Ma Xiaomin said, “‘Olym-pigs’ itself proves China has a serious food safety issue. The communist regime has no confidence that it can solve its general food quality issue. It also proves the regime only cares about saving face, but not people’s daily living.

“When more and more of these kinds of incidents are exposed, people will better understand that all problems in China are created by the regime. Their dissatisfaction will accelerate the regime’s disintegration.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes : ‘Olym-pigs’ Challenge Communist Rule

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Spreading Pig Disease in China Worries the World

Posted by Author on September 17, 2007


By Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post Foreign Service, Sunday, September 16, 2007-

FOSHAN, China — At first, it was just some of the piglets. The mother gave birth to 13, all of them stillborn. Within a few weeks, however, she and other adult pigs in neighboring stalls became feverish and died. By the end of the summer, all but a handful of the village’s 300 pigs had succumbed to the mysterious disease.

“It was quick, very quick. Before we knew something was wrong, they were all dead,” said Lo Jinyuan, a 55-year-old pig farmer in the village of Shandi.

Moving rapidly from one farm to the next, the virus has been devastating pig communities throughout China for more than a year, wiping out entire herds, driving pork prices up nearly 87 percent in a year and helping push the country’s inflation rate to its highest levels since 1996.

The Chinese government has admitted that the swine deaths amount to an epidemic but contends that the situation is under control.

China says it is moving swiftly to stop the infections by quarantining and slaughtering the affected pigs. It says its researchers have developed an effective vaccine in record time for the likely cause — blue ear pig disease, a reproductive and respiratory illness that is highly fatal in pigs but that so far does not seem to pose danger to humans. And it maintains that it has been “open and transparent” all along.

Some experts, both inside and outside China, are skeptical, citing the government’s handling of the avian flu outbreak in 2004 and SARS in 2002 and 2003. While China’s central government has made numerous improvements since then in how it deals with infectious disease control and informs the public, it has once again been slow to share scientific data and tissue samples with other countries.

As a result, there is worry that while China is lagging, the virus is quickly turning into a global problem. China does not export pork to the United States, but the virus has already been found in pigs in China’s southern neighbors, Vietnam and Burma.

“We are concerned that with international traffic this particular virus could enter other continents — Europe or Africa or the Americas,” said Juan Lubroth, head of infectious diseases for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, based in Rome. “We have no firsthand or independent evaluation of the virus or vaccine. It’s all been conducted by the Chinese in China.”

While China’s previous reluctance to share information may have been the legacy of years of secrecy, its reasons for withholding information this time may be about something else: business interests.

For China, one the largest exporters of pork and pork products in the world and the target of recent criticism for the safety of its food and other exports, “there are economic-commercial incentives to cover up,” said Yanzhong Huang, editor of the Journal of Global Health Governance and an assistant professor at Seton Hall University.

Vincent Martin, an animal health officer for the FAO in Beijing, said Chinese officials he met with last week said they were not opposed to sending samples to overseas laboratories but would only do so when “intellectual property issues” were resolved……. ( more details from Washington Post: Pig Disease in China Worries the World)

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Highly Infectious Pig Virus Spread to 75% Areas of China Causing International Concern

Posted by Author on August 16, 2007


By DAVID BARBOZA, New York Times, August 16, 2007-

CHENGDU, China, Aug. 9 — A highly infectious swine virus is sweeping China’s pig population, driving up pork prices and creating fears of a global pandemic among domesticated pigs.

Animal virus experts say Chinese authorities are playing down the gravity and spread of the disease.

So far, the mysterious virus — believed to cause an unusually deadly form of an infection known as blue-ear pig disease — has spread to 25 of this country’s 33 provinces and regions, prompting a pork shortage and the strongest inflation in China in a decade.

More than that, China’s past lack of transparency — particularly over what became the SARS epidemic — has created global concern.

“They haven’t really explained what this virus is,” says Federico A. Zuckermann, a professor of immunology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. “This is like SARS. They haven’t sent samples to any international body. This is really irresponsible of China. This thing could get out and affect everyone.”

There are no clear indications that blue-ear disease — if that is what this disease is — poses a threat to human health.

Though the Chinese government acknowledges that the current virus has devastated pig stocks in coastal and southern areas, it has not admitted what experts say is clear: the virus is rapidly moving inland and westward, to areas such as this one in Sichuan Province, China’s largest pork-producing region.

“This disease is like a wind that swept in and passed from village to village,” said Ding Shurong, a 45-year-old farmer in a village near here who lost two-thirds of his pigs . “I’ve never seen anything like it. No family was left untouched.”

No one knows for sure how many of this country’s 500 million pigs have been infected. The government says officially that about 165,000 pigs have contracted the virus this year. But in a country that, on average, loses 25 million pigs a year to disease, few believe the figures. In part, the skepticism comes from the fact that pork prices have skyrocketed 85 percent in the last year — an increase that, absent other factors, suggests the losses from disease are more widespread than Beijing admits.

And there are other signs. Field experts are reporting widespread disease outbreaks. Fear among pig farmers that their livestock will contract the disease has led to panic selling. And the government and media here have issued alarming reports that farmers are selling diseased or infected pigs to illegal slaughterhouses, which could pose food safety problems.

International health experts are already calling this one of the worst disease outbreaks ever to hit Asia’s livestock industry, and they fear the fast-mutating pathogens could spread to neighboring countries, igniting a worldwide epidemic that could affect pork supplies everywhere.

A similar virus has already been detected in neighboring Vietnam and Myanmar, and health experts are trying to determine if it came from China.

Health experts say China has declined to send tissue samples to testing labs outside the country for independent verification by a lab affiliated with the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris.

The Chinese government says that it has reported the disease to international health bodies and insists that the disease is under control and that a vaccine has been developed and distributed.

But, some scientists say there is no truly effective vaccine against blue-ear pig disease (which is also known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome); other experts say they are not even certain that the blue-ear virus is the one that is spreading.

Scientists who track blue-ear pig disease are puzzled because the disease is generally not so deadly.

“This virus generally makes them ill but on its own it doesn’t cause a lot of deaths,” said Steven McOrist, a professor of pig medicines at the University of Nottingham in England. “The evidence they put up so far is not conclusive.”

If it is blue-ear pig disease, which has infected most parts of the world, including the United States, it may be a new and more virulent strain.

“This is more severe than we’ve seen elsewhere,” said Derek Armstrong, a senior veterinary scientist at the Meat and Livestock Commission in Britain. “It may be a co-infection of pigs with other things.”

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is now pressing China to share its research and tissue samples……. ( more details from the New York Times)

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China’s Latest Crisis: Millions of Pigs Killed by Virus, Pork Prices Doubled

Posted by Author on June 1, 2007


Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, May 30, 2007-

BEIJING: A mystery virus that is killing millions of pigs in southern China is responsible for soaring pork prices that have the senior leadership worried about inflation and social unrest.

The Premier, Wen Jiabao, took the unusual step of visiting supermarkets and pig farms in Shaanxi province at the weekend to show the central Government’s concern about the price of one of China’s staple foods and its most affordable source of protein.

At the weekend, shoppers lined up for more than a kilometre at a Guangzhou supermarket to buy pork on special for 15.8 yuan ($2.50) a kilogram.

Prices that have been as low as 9 yuan a kilogram have soared to 28 yuan. In Beijing, prices have doubled since March.

The Agriculture Ministry said the wholesale price of pork had soared by 71.3 per cent since April, pushed up by rising prices for pig feed (such as corn) and the epidemic of “blue ear” disease – officially called porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome – along with existing foot-and-mouth disease.

Statistics on pig deaths are difficult to obtain but an industry official told London’s Financial Times that he had heard up to 20 million of China’s 500 million pigs had been wiped out by blue ear disease.

The government in Guangdong has announced it will offer subsidies to the poor to help them cope with the rising prices and at least one province has already asked the central government to use the Central Meat Reserve to meet the shortfall, a move that the Commerce Ministry confirmed was being considered.

Imports of relatively cheap South American pork are restricted and pork from the US and European is expensive.

Mr Wen assured shoppers during his supermarket visit that the Government was doing all it could to ensure an affordable supply of pork. Economists said pork prices could push the annual inflation rate to above 4 per cent. Mary-Anne Toy

original report from Sydney Morning Herald

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