Mar 17, 2013

China - Number of pigs in Shanghai river rises to 7,545

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BEIJING (AP) — The number of dead pigs found in a Shanghai river that provides drinking water to the Chinese financial hub has risen to 7,545, after local authorities retrieved 944 more pigs Thursday.

The Shanghai municipal government has repeatedly assured the city’s 23 million residents that tap water remains safe. Shanghai locals, however, remain worried about water contamination from the swollen and rotting carcasses in the river.

The dead pigs are believed to be from hog farms in the upstream Jiaxing area in neighboring Zhejiang province. A surge in pig dumping has followed police campaigns against the sale of pork products made from diseased pigs.

Chinese state media say one Jiaxing hog farmer has admitted to pig dumping and is under investigation.

Number of pigs in and near Shanghai goes to 11,955

BEIJING (AP) — The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China’s financial hub of Shanghai has reached nearly 12,000.

The upstream city of Jiaxing — where small hog farms are prevalent — reported Friday night that it had recovered 3,601 dead pigs from its streams, according to state media.

In Shanghai, authorities have retrieved 8,354 swollen and rotting carcasses from Huangpu river, which provides the metropolis with drinking water. The dead pigs are largely believed to be from Jiaxing, but Zhao Shumei, a deputy vice mayor, said it was inconclusive to say all the pigs were from her city.

Both Shanghai, a city of 23 million people, and Jiaxing say there’s been no swine epidemic and that tap water remains safe, but local residents remain worried about water contamination.

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