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China hit by new flood of dead pigs in river

Published on Mar 19, 2014 3:20 PM
 
Chinese authorities have found 157 dead pigs in a river, state media said on Wednesday, a year after 16,000 carcasses were discovered in Shanghai's main waterway, underscoring the country's food safety problems. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities have found 157 dead pigs in a river, state media said on Wednesday, a year after 16,000 carcasses were discovered in Shanghai's main waterway, underscoring the country's food safety problems.

The dead porkers were recovered from the Gan river in Jiangxi, which supplies drinking water to the provincial capital Nanchang and is a tributary of the Yangtze, one of China's main waterways, the official news agency Xinhua said.

But tests showed that the tap water remains "safe for drinking", it said, citing Nanchang authorities.

"Another 20 pigs have been fished out of the Gan River, for a total of 157," state broadcaster CCTV said on an account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.

 
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