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BEIJING, China -- Beijing police recently raided a village
where live pigs were force-fed wastewater to boost their weight
before slaughter, state media reported.
Plastic pipes had been forced down the pigs' throats and villagers
had pumped each 220-pound pig with 44 pounds of wastewater, the
Beijing Morning Post reported.
Paperwork showed the pigs were headed for one of Beijing's main
slaughterhouses and stamps on their ears indicated that they already
had been through quarantine and inspection, the paper said. Suspects
escaped during the raid and no arrests were made, it said.
The case underscored China's chaotic food safety situation, where
manufacturers and distributors often use unapproved additives,
falsify expiration dates or find other methods of cutting corners to
eke out small profits.
Officials have in recent weeks underscored the need to tighten up
inspections, punish violators and increase surveillance.
Wei Chuanzhong, deputy director of the General Administration of
Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said local
governments "should be fully aware of the importance and improve
responsibility for imported and exported food safety."
His remarks, made during an inspection tour of the port city of
Tianjin, were posted on the administration's Web site.
Earlier this week, inspectors announced they had closed 180 food
factories nationwide in the first half of this year and seized tons
of candy, pickles, crackers and seafood tainted with formaldehyde,
illegal dyes and industrial wax.
"These are not isolated cases," Han Yi, an official with Wei's
quality administration, was quoted as saying in the state-run China
Han's admission was significant because the agency has said in the
past that safety violations were the work of a few rogue operators --
a claim aimed at protecting China's billions of dollars of food
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