Thousands of pig carcasses removed from key Chinese river

Authorities claim water safe in source supplying Shanghai

Pigs on a farm in the Zhulin village of Jiaxing. Photograph: Reuters

Pigs on a farm in the Zhulin village of Jiaxing. Photograph: Reuters

 

Pictures of swollen and rotting carcasses in the Huangpu river have worried many residents, but officials say the water supply remains safe.

The surge in dumping of dead pigs - believed to be from swine farms in the upstream Jiaxing area of neighbouring Zhejiang province - has followed police campaigns against the sale of pork products made from diseased pigs.

A Zhejiang court sentenced 46 people to jail terms for producing unsafe pork from sick pigs that they had acquired and slaughtered between 2010 and 2012.

The official Xinhua News Agency said police in the city of Wenling had seized 13,708 lb (6,217kg) of diseased pork.

In another operation last year, police in Jiaxing had broken up a gang that acquired and slaughtered diseased pigs. Provincial authorities said police arrested 12 suspects and confiscated nearly 12 tonnes of tainted pork.

The Shanghai government said the city will continue to monitor water quality and test for viruses including porcine circovirus.

It said the city disinfected the carcasses before burying some and incinerating others.

AP