Beijing: China`s state news agency says more than 100 people including 77 government employees have been sentenced in a scandal involving pork tainted with a banned chemical. At least one person was given the death penalty.
Several farms in Henan province were found to be using the fat-burning drug clenbuterol — a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but can harm humans.
Xinhua News Agency says the main culprit, Liu Xiang, was convicted of harming public safety and sentenced to death, with the execution delayed for two years. Such sentences often are later commuted to life imprisonment.
Clenbuterol can cause nausea, dizziness and heart palpitations. Pig farmers like to use it because it yields leaner meat, which fetches a higher price.