China has been hit by a fresh food scandal after the country’s largest meat processor, Shuanghui, was forced to apologize when an illegal additive was found in some of its pork products.

Jiyuan Shuanghui, an affiliate of the Henan-based Shuanghui Group, was said to have bought pigs that had been fed with clenbuterol. The additive can speed up muscle building and fat burning to produce leaner pork – lean meat sells for a premium in China.

Clenbuterol is banned in China because if eaten by humans it can lead to dizziness, heart palpitations, profuse sweating, nausea, headaches, limb tremors and even cancer.

The Henan province conducted urine tests on 1,512 pigs in nine pig farms, with 52 pigs testing positive. Immediately, chiefs of animal husbandry bureaus in Mengzhou City, Qinyang City and Wenxian County received duty suspension notices. Another 27 officials in the province were in police custody, sacked or suspended from duty. Also, the province intends to random test more than 1.63 million pigs in five counties and cities.

Meat products that are suspected of having been tarnished by the banned feed additive have already been taken off the shelves and meat confirmed to contain the additive have been destroyed, according to government officials.

While the China Meat Association tried to down play the possibility that tainted pork was widespread, many consumers will be avoiding pork for the moment. This pork scandal is definitely nothing new to the Chinese. There have been 18 outbreaks of food-related clenbuterol poisoning between 1998 and 2007, according to a report on the Shanghai Food Safety website. One person died and more than 1,700 others fell ill, the website said.

Well at least the salt scare is now over.

via Xinhua, Yahoo News and Chinadaily


The ongoing event “Creativity for a nursing home” happening in Henan province has been transformed into a creativity competition with the theme of Panda. Recently, the Henan Museum of Art has become the holy land of creativity and imagination where countless young people and adults came to “worship”. Other than fighting to read the essay “My dad is a panda” written by a 12 year old girl, which already sold for 100,000 CNY (15,186 USD), audiences were also stunned by some other panda arts. A replica sculpture of Venus de Mio in the center of the museum became the hot spot, not because people haven’t seen a statue of Venus de Mio before, it was the special material used: giant panda poop!

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Not really sure how to explain such a story. It is definitely a WTF times two.

So in Henan province there is this cross-dressing 17 year old boy that came up with a plan, with two of his friends, to make some money. The plan was to get married to a mentally retarded man and then leave with the bride price. I guess this boy must really look like a girl to begin with. I couldn’t stop laughing, already, at this point in the story.

Now this is where the story gets really bizarre: at the night of the wedding, the uncle of the groom (presumably the person mainly responsible for taking care of him) intervenes. Turns out the uncle is one sick bastard and probably wanted this young “maiden” to himself, with the whole marriage as a foil for him to keep a sex pet. So he gets the retard to leave and then proceeds to rape the “bride”.

By now this cross-dresser realizes that he is not the only one with a twisted mind and flees. However, he gets caught by the villagers who rip his (I’m getting confused) clothes off to find that “she” is a he.

In the end, both sides sue each other. This I find incredibly hilarious cause you know what is going to happen – both go to jail. I can’t believe they actually went to court for this. What kind of justice were they expecting to be served?

After all this, I think it’s a shame they never became a family; those two are a match in heaven.

Here’s the video (with subtitles):

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