August 10, 2016


Contaminated pig meat from China reaches Hong Kong



Meat processed from contaminated pigs imported from mainland China has been distributed to 27 retail outlets across the city, concerned authorities said.


The tainted pork allegedly contained veterinary drug residues, but an official of the Centre for Food Safety claimed that it did not pose a serious health threat, reported.


Around 2,200 kilogrammes of pork and offal from retailers were being traced, and it was not known whether the tainted pork has been sold or consumed, according to the report.


The contaminated pork was discovered after urine samples from 319 pigs were found to be tainted with Salbutamol and Clenbuterol at two farms in China, where the Hong Kong shipments came from. The two beta-agonist drugs are used to treat asthma and are illegal food additives that can lead to increased heart rate, dizziness and headaches.


Hong Kong slaughters around 1.6 million local and imported live pigs yearly. The last time that beta-agonist residue was detected in urine samples of live pigs was in 2012.