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Firm admits it sold dead ducks

By An Baijie (China Daily)

09:24, March 20, 2012

A food processing company in Central China's Henan province admitted on Monday to selling dead ducks instead of incinerating them, as required by regulations.

The Huaying Group, a duck-breeding and slaughtering company with an annual output of 8 million ducks, said in a statement that it had suspended two managers and dismissed two duck breeders who sold dead ducks.

After the statement, the company's stock price fell by 1.5 percent to 18.33 yuan ($2.90) on Monday.

Huaying Group, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, has a worldwide sales network and its products are sold in the domestic and overseas markets, according to its website.

The statement did not say how many dead ducks had been sold, nor did it say where they ended up.

The statement was issued in response to a news report by China Economic Net on Thursday, which said Huaying Group employees sold hundreds of kilograms of dead ducks daily to several dealers.

The dealers would then partially process the ducks, including removing the feathers and internal organs. The processed ducks were sold to other dealers, who removed and sold the wings, feet and necks, according to the report.

Those products were sold at low prices. The feet were sold for 3 yuan a kilogram, instead of the normal price of more than 6 yuan a kg, the report said.

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