Meat fears hit Olympic hopes

BEIJING - Food safety is affecting mainland athletes' preparation for the London Olympics.

Many are avoiding mainland meat after pork was found to contain the asthma drug clenbuterol.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012, 12:00am

Vegetarian volleyball team's losses blamed on tainted meat fears

The coach of China's women's volleyball team has blamed three weeks of vegetarianism for his side's poor performance in the FIVB World Grand Prix finals, culminating in a 3-0 drubbing by the US in Ningbo , Zhejiang province, on Sunday night.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Led to the slaughter?

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador says he fell victim to it. So does Hong Kong's badminton star Zhou Mi. A judo team in Tianjin raises its own pigs to ensure they are not contaminated. Even the Hong Kong Sports Institute has banned the serving of pig offal to its elite athletes.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Clenbuterol abuse by farmers still rampant

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador (pictured) will learn of his punishment next week for testing positive for a minute dose of the banned steroid clenbuterol. This will put the focus once again on a chemical that, despite being banned in China, is an increasing problem in this part of the world.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Zhou's career is thrown lifeline despite doping ban

Suspended shuttler Zhou Mi is welcome to seek a post-playing career with the Hong Kong Badminton Association once her two-year doping ban is over, the organisation's chairman said yesterday.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Yurun shares hit bottom on earnings

Shares in China Yurun Food Group yesterday dived to their lowest level since their listing in Hong Kong six years ago, after posting an unexpected earnings decline for the third quarter.

The shares of the mainland's second-largest meat processor plunged 31 per cent to close at HK$7.51, making it among the biggest losers on the Hang Seng Index yesterday.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Yurun halts share slide over tainted-meat reports

The Hong Kong share price of the China Yurun Food Group broke its seven-day slide yesterday after the mainland meat supplier said only one of its 590 slaughtered hogs was found to contain an illegal additive that poisoned several hundred consumers in Shanghai five years ago.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

5 jailed in tainted pork scandal

Five people in Henan received sentences ranging from nine years to suspended death yesterday for producing and selling a banned pig-feed additive called clenbuterol, also known as 'lean meat' powder.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Apologies won't fix the sorry state of food safety

A joke circulating on the internet says the mainland's food safety problems have taught people a lot about chemistry.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Apologies won't fix the sorry state of food safety

A joke circulating on the internet says the mainland's food safety problems have taught people a lot about chemistry.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Officials failing to halt food scandals

Despite repeated calls for a crackdown on toxic additives in food, the mainland has been hit by scandals almost every day in the past week, from rotten meat and fertiliser pork sausages to soy sauce made with unpurified industrial salt.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Poisoned milk kills 3 children, dozens ill

Three children in Pingliang, Gansu, have died and 36 others have fallen ill from nitrite poisoning after drinking milk bought direct from farmers.

Pingliang's No 2 People's Hospital recorded the first food-poisoning death around 9am on Thursday and another hospital recorded two similar deaths shortly afterwards.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

New affluence exposing consumers to danger

Regular product safety scandals including the latest revelations of illegal food additives, substandard rubber in tyres and recycled paper in napkins in violation of regulations have become distressingly commonplace on the mainland. Greed, corruption and inadequate monitoring often combine to produce harmful or even deadly consequences for consumers.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Pig blood curd hit by food scare

In the latest mainland food scare, tonnes of pig blood curd, a favourite food in Chongqing, have been found soaked in carcinogenic formalin to preserve freshness.

Inspectors from the Jiulongpo district industry and commerce bureau found nearly five tonnes of suspected contaminated blood curd in a 4am raid yesterday on a workshop at Baishiyi, said China News Service.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Six held over spate of pork poisonings

Health and public security officials in Heyuan city, Guangdong, have detained six people after contaminated pork triggered a massive food poisoning outbreak last week.

Those being held include three pig farmers, a fodder shop manager and two sales managers, the People's Daily Web site reported yesterday.

12 Nov 2001 - 12:00am