BEIJING — A state news agency says three senior officials in central China have been suspended and more than two dozen others punished after pigs in farms there tested positive for a banned chemical that is dangerous to humans.
Tainted pork has become the latest food safety scandal to shock China after state broadcaster CCTV ran an expose that showed a subsidiary of the country's largest meat processor using illegal additives in pig feed.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday the heads of three animal husbandry bureaus in Henan province were suspended. Another 27 were in police custody, sacked or suspended.
Xinhua says 52 pigs out of about 1,500 tested positive for clenbuterol, a drug used by farmers to bulk up livestock.