Eight officials from east China’s Jiangxi Province were dismissed on Sunday [28 December 2014] night for dereliction of duty in the sales of unsafe pork from dead or sick pigs, local authorities said. A recent report by China Central Television said pork from dead and sick pigs from Gao’an City in Jiangxi were suspected to have entered the market in at least seven provinces with an annual sales revenue of more than 20 million yuan ($3.3 million). The dismissed officials are from the municipal and Yangxu township animal husbandry and commerce authorities, according to the municipal government…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2014

Key Point

  • According to the article, Gao’an City slaughters approximately 2 million hogs annually. On average, roughly 90,000 hogs die from disease (annually) in the city and must be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2012, Jiangxi Province accounted for 4% (or 2.3 million MTs) of China’s total pork output of 53.4 million MTs.

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