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Melamine-Tainted Feeds Used at Chinese Pig Farms

by 5m Editor
6 July 2011, at 10:05am

CHINA - Chinese authorities have reportedly caught some farmers in China giving their pigs melamine-tainted feed.

Citing Xinhua News Agency, Arirang reports that a broker named Tang bought roughly 7 tons of melamine-tainted formula in Hebei, a northern province of China, and sold 2 tons of it to pig farmers in Chungqing and Chengdu.

The amount of melamine detected in the feed was over 5-hundred times the legal limit.

The farmers say that they stopped using the contaminated formula after their pigs became ill but Chinese consumers are still worried that melamine-contaminated pigs may have entered the country's food supply.

In 2008, several Chinese companies were implicated in a scandal involving milk and infant formula that had been adulterated with melamine from which six babies died and some 300-thousand others were sickened.