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    A ProMED-mail post
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    International Society for Infectious Diseases

    Date: 17 Nov 2008
    Source: Epoch Times [edited]

    Clenbuterol food poisoning was reported in
    Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province. Since 10 Nov
    2008, 70 employees of the Zhongmao Plastics
    Products company in Jiaxing have been diagnosed.
    A pork dish served at the Zhongmao cafeteria
    lunch meal was identified as the source.

    A Chinese hospital doctor, Hao Jun (alias),
    confirmed to The Epoch Times that the patients
    shared similar and obvious symptoms: palpitation,
    nausea, vomiting, dizziness, chest tightness,
    uneasiness, shaking, trembling, weakness, and instability.

    Hao said, "Some patients have been seen at the
    hospital. More than 20 patients suffered from
    severe poisoning. Others were seen at other
    hospitals. Most patients have been released.
    Those who were in critical condition have also
    been stabilized, although the side effects are yet to be observed."

    Dr. Hao Jun indicated that clenbuterol is an
    asthma medicine. It will speed up the catabolism
    of fat in pigs if used in pig feed. It will also
    enhance the lean meat and muscle in pigs. It is
    heat stable and will not decompose until it's
    heated to over 172 C. Therefore, cooking will not
    eliminate clenbuterol toxicity. It will
    accumulate in the human body through ingestion.
    Long term consumption will lead to malignant
    tumors and pose particular danger to patients who
    have high blood pressure or diabetes. If the
    intake is excessive, the poisoning can be life-threatening.

    Dr. Hao mentioned that because one of his
    relatives owns a pig feed company, he was made
    aware of the "secret" about pig feed additives.
    Clenbuterol added to feed will not only shorten
    the growth time but also increase the sale price.

    Growth hormone is also added. Poison chemicals
    such as arsenic have also been added to enhance
    the redness and shine of the pork skin and hair.

    Some might even add tranquilizers or sleeping
    pills to make pigs sleep
    . Long term consumption
    of pork adulterated with these feeds might lead
    to retardation. The hormones and chemicals could
    also endanger lives and lead to many illnesses.

    "It is not realistic to expect the public [to] be
    cautious. The critical point is the monitoring
    mechanism of the government," Dr. Hao expressed,
    "The government's response has always been the
    same: "The case is being investigated, and
    sanction is warranted." However, it always ends
    with no action. Therefore, those who committed
    the crime have nothing to fear. I believe there's
    some sort of collusion and conflict of interest
    between the business and the officials."

    Pork containing clenbuterol often has a bright red skin with very little fat.

    According to partial data, since 1998, there have
    been at least 18 clenbuterol food poisoning cases
    in China. More than 1700 people have been poisoned, with one confirmed death.

    Between 8-18 Oct 2008, there were 3 food
    poisonings confirmed caused by clenbuterol in pork meals in Guangdong Province.

    During September 2006, a series of food borne
    illnesses occurred in Shanghai and sickened more
    than 300 people. These were confirmed to be
    related to meals with pork or pig intestines
    containing clenbuterol. In June of the same year,
    employees of a hotel in Foshan suffered from
    clenbuterol food poisoning. Also, hundreds of
    workers in a glass factory in Guangdong Province
    were poisoned by meals containing clenbuterol in May 2006.

    Hao Jun emphasized, "Considering the infant
    formula food borne illness [melamine poisoning],
    and the massive incidences of poor food quality
    and safety, problems in China's processed foods are increasingly worrisome."

    [Byline: Xin Fei]

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    In September 2006 over 330 people in Shanghai were reported to have been poisoned by eating pork contaminated by Clenbuterol that had been fed to the animals to keep their meat lean. There are also other informal reports on localized food contamination cases by Clenbuterol in the U.S. which led to setting rules that limit consumption of this medicine only to horses.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-1>[2]</SUP>
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