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

Hongkongers held in Ice factory raid

Five Hongkongers, including twins, were arrested in a predawn raid on an Ice factory yesterday inside an upmarket gated complex in suburban Manila.

The men, who had been under surveillance for almost a year, were apparently caught off-guard when agents swooped at 4.30am, with one suspect trying to run away and another jumping into a creek.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Of all addictive drugs, Ice is one of the worst

Crystal meth, or Ice, ranks among the most harmful and addictive controlled drugs available. Its side effects include psychosis, heart attack, uncontrolled scratching of imaginary insects under the skin and severe dental decay.

11 Dec 2011 - 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

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

Pills from the net poison slimmers

A crackdown on slimming aids sold on the internet has been launched after 62 cases of poisoning in Hong Kong.

Most of the victims, who were taken ill between September 2009 and May this year, used products containing the banned Western drugs sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

2 Aug 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

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

Concern raised after slimming drugs linked to psychiatric troubles

Seventeen-year-old Susan stands 1.63 metres tall and weighs 40.8kg. Eager to lose weight, she used several slimming products last year. But after three months of taking both Chinese herbal and Western medicine, she began exhibiting strange behaviour, including mumbling to herself and being unable to sleep at night.

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Three on ICAC charges over cemetery offences

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Doctor struck off register for 2 months

The Medical Council ruled yesterday that a doctor be removed from the general register for two months for possessing nine types of dangerous drugs whose amount did not tally with the record that all doctors are required to keep.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Police find Ice laboratory, arrest 2 men in raid on Mong Kok flat

A makeshift laboratory that was used to make the illegal drug Ice was discovered by police in a raid on a Mong Kok flat yesterday.

Officers arrested two men and seized 440 grams of Ice, or methamphetamine, and over 300 grams of chemicals and apparatus in the 150 sq ft flat. The haul had a street value of HK$300,000, police said.

12 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Shelve this ill-conceived drug-testing scheme

The details of a pilot scheme for drug testing in schools have been revealed. Authorities hope to use what they glean from the scheme in Tai Po as the basis for a city-wide programme. They believe such testing will curb the growing youth drug problem and act as a deterrent. Their heart is in the right place, but the idea is flawed.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am