Smuggled pigs blamed

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 March, 1999, 12:00am
 

Smuggled pigs and illegal slaughtering are believed to be the source of the latest food poisoning case.


Four members of two Tseung Kwan O families fell ill last week after having pig lung soup, with organs bought from a nearby market stall.


It was the first time pig offal had been found contaminated with the banned anti-asthma drug clenbuterol since a new quarantine system was put in place eight months ago.


Director of Agriculture and Fisheries Lessie Wei Chui Kit-yee yesterday said the quarantine system was effective and the latest case was isolated.


The Government would not repeat last year's pig offal ban.


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