Dead ducks in China river as swine flow eases



SHANGHAI – At least 1,000 dead ducks were found floating in a Chinese river, state media reported Monday, after Shanghai said it had almost finished recovering thousands of deceased pigs from its main waterway.

The ducks were fished out of a section of river by authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the official Xinhua news agency said.

They were then buried in plastic bags three meters underground, the report added. It did not specify how the ducks had died.

The report came after Shanghai officials said a cleanup was close to ending after an embarrassing pollution case which saw dead pigs floating down the city’s main river, with the total number recovered standing at more than 16,000.

“The city’s water territory has already basically finished the work of fishing out the floating dead pigs,” a Shanghai government statement released late on Sunday said.

China’s commercial hub recovered 98 pigs on Sunday from the Huangpu river and 93 on Saturday, the authorities said, the first time the daily toll had fallen below a hundred in days.

The total number Shanghai had removed from the river, which supplies 22 percent of the city’s drinking water, had reached 10,924 as of Sunday afternoon.

In addition, Jiaxing in neighbouring Zhejiang province, whose farmers are accused by Shanghai of dumping the dead pigs into the river upstream, had found 5,528 carcasses, state radio said last week.

Mystery remains over the exact origin of the dead hogs. Jiaxing has insisted it was not the sole source, while Shanghai said its farms have not reported an epidemic which would kill pigs in such large numbers.

The images of dead pigs in China’s commercial hub have proved a huge embarrassment for the city, which is seeking to grow as an international financial centre.

The scandal has highlighted China’s troubles with food safety, adding the country’s most popular meat to a growing list of food items rocked by controversy.

Animals that die from disease can end up in China’s food supply chain if improperly disposed of, despite laws against the practice.

Samples of the dead pigs have tested positive for porcine circovirus, a common swine disease that does not affect humans.

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  • Jose Paman

    Famine hits China again….

  • China_Lee

    Polluted country!!!! No new to China’s.

  • imongredneck

    What’s next, dead people? This one, we will never know. The air in Beijing has been known to be unbreathable from time to time.

    • KonsensyaNgBayan

      The communist regime is worst than the air in beijing…recent news said that more than 336Million legal abortions were performed since 1971. What more if they will add up those illegally induced and aborted through pills. Now, think if there are no dead people on that river…Communist China will never tell the truth.

  • MrRead

    The Chinese are dirty people.

    • vince_bugaboo

      they hawk and spit everywhere, even in restaurants and kitchens. yuck!

  • Vertumnus

    It’s just a matter of time before antibiotic resistant viruses wipes out China’s livestocks!
    What good is all those modernization and money when the country is slowly dying due to pollution? What amazes me, is that they get some of their drinking water from that river. Yuck!

  • divictes

    No cause for panic. This is just the new regime’s version of symbolic purging of its ranks___ the swine go first then the lame ducks…he hehe

  • Hey_Dudes

    After dead pigs, now dead ducks? Is it safe to assume dead people are just waiting for their turn to be toss into this river? They are now doing it in Varanassi India I am sure the feature will be of great interest to China as well.

  • AllinLawisFair

    I will not be dining in a Chinese restaurant nowadays because of this. Crispy Peking duck was my favorite dish.

  • MonMayuga

    We can only hope that the meat of those dead pigs and ducks that drift along that Chinese river do not land in our shores. Watch our for those who smuggle meat from China.

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