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Six butchers jailed over chemical-tainted pork

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18:49, December 28, 2011

NANJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Six butchers in east China's Jiangsu Province have received jail terms ranging from three-and-a-half to four years over a chemical-tainted pork scandal reported in March, court authorities said Wednesday.

The six were convicted of harming public safety by producing and selling pork tainted with clenbuterol, a carcinogenic chemical added to pig feed to produce leaner pork, the provincial higher people's court said in a press release.

It said their jail terms were handed down by a local court in Nanjing on Dec. 13 and the ruling went into effect as of Tuesday, as none of them had appealed within the given two weeks.

The court ruling also included fines ranging from 40,000 to 50,000 yuan (6,340 to 7,925 U.S. dollars) each.

The six butchers, who worked at a Nanjing slaughter house, admitted they had bought live pigs from central Henan Province, slaughtered and sold the pork earlier this year, even though they knew the pork had been tainted by clenbuterol, the document said.

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