November 16, 2011
China found banned additive clenbuterol in several batches of imported frozen pork products from the US, Canada and Denmark in July this year, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
Clenbuterol helps to build muscle and is occasionally used as an illegal performance-enhancing drug by track and field athletes. China has banned it as a livestock feed additive as it can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations in humans.
The unqualified products included frozen pig heads, feet and hearts. Among them, a batch of frozen ham leftovers from the US was found both mildewy and containing clenbuterol, said the AQSIQ.
All of the tainted products have been returned or destroyed and have never been sold on the domestic market, it said.
In a separate report, the AQSIQ also reported that in August this year, a batch of frozen pig heads from Denmark were found containing salmonella, and Coca Cola China's imports of orange pulp and juice from Turkey was destroyed for poor packaging and illegal importing.