Shanghai: China has been hit by a fresh food scandal after the country`s largest meat processor was forced to apologise when an illegal additive was reportedly found in some of its pork products.
As supermarkets pulled Shineway products from their shelves, the China Meat Association tried play down the possibility that tainted pork was widespread."It`s only an isolated case and was only found in one Shuanghui company. It won`t bring destructive damage to either the industry or Shuanghui," the industry association`s spokesman, He Zhonghua, told the Global Times.China reported 18 outbreaks of food-related clenbuterol poisoning between 1998 and 2007, according to a report on the Shanghai Food Safety website. One person died and more than 1,700 others fell ill, the website said.The latest batch of tainted pork products was first reported by state broadcaster China Central Television earlier this week.China`s dairy industry still has yet to fully recover from the loss of trust caused by the 2008 milk scandal where melamine, normally used to make plastics, was added to watered-down milk to make it seem higher in protein.Twenty-two dairy producers were found to have sold products laced with melamine that killed at least six babies and left nearly 300,000 others ill.Bureau Report
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