In 2013, when Shuanghui International bought Smithfield Farms, America’s largest pork...
Sep 23, 2014
The Center for Investigative Reporting has produced a two-part series looking into Shuanghui...
Mar 27, 2014
While Americans eat nearly twice as much meat individually as their Chinese counterparts every...
May 30, 2013
In what could be the largest ever Chinese takeover of an American company, pork producer Shuanghui International has reached a deal to buy Smithfield Foods, a Virginia-based food conglomerate. From the New York Times: If...
Feb 18, 2013
In 2011, human consumption of antibiotics in China was ten times the global average. Because overuse of the drugs can give rise to resistance in the bacteria they target, the Health Ministry has repeatedly promised to cut down...
Oct 17, 2011
A pork scandal forced Wal-mart to shutter more than a dozen Chongqing locations last week, and now its top China executive has stepped down. From Xinhua News: Ed Chan, who served as president and CEO of Wal-Mart’s Chinese...
Oct 10, 2011
Wal-Mart has closed twelve stores in Chongqing amid accusations that it falsely labeled regular pork products as higher-priced organic pork for the past two years. From Bloomberg: Wal-Mart closed the stores in Chongqing for 15...
Jul 20, 2011
The Committee to Protect Journalists reports the closure of Wang Keqin’s famed investigative reporting team at China Economic Times, confirming fears stirred by earlier postings on Sina Weibo. Xie Baokang, assistant to the...
Mar 16, 2011
It has been reported that pork from a subsidiary of China’s largest meat processor, Shuanghui Group in Henan, has been found to contain traces of illegal additive Clenbuterol. From Xinhua English: Clenbuterol is a chemical...
Dec 3, 2009
The Chinese quarantine bureau has announced that China has lifted the bans on pork imported from North America: Earlier in the year, China banned imports from the three countries on worries of outbreaks of H1N1 flu. After...
Feb 23, 2009
More problems with food safety in China, this time in Guangdong Province. From the BBC: The victims were treated for stomach ache and diarrhoea in Guangdong province, according to the China Daily. Three people remain in...
Sep 15, 2007
From the Washington Post: ….Moving rapidly from one farm to the next, the virus has been devastating pig communities throughout China for more than a year, wiping out entire herds, driving pork prices up nearly 87 percent in a year and helping push the country’s inflation rate to its highest levels since 1996. …China says […]
Aug 24, 2007
It appears the disease ravaging China’s porcine population has led the world’s largest pork-producing country to strike an import deal with the world’s largest pork processing company. From the Washington Post’s Washbiz Blog: An outbreak of a deadly disease among Chinese pigs has created a business opportunity for Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, which today announced an […]
Jun 22, 2007
An update on rising pork prices, from Jongo News: The Ministry of Finance said on Friday the government will subsidize insurance payments for pig farmers to protect the industry from collapsing in the event of disease outbreaks, and to stabilize rising pork prices. The ministry will also spend 470 million yuan ($61.7 million) to subsidize […]
Jun 22, 2007
In the Year of the Pig, pigs are causing a lot of problems in China. From AP via The Washington Post: The Chinese government warned Friday that some of the country’s markets were selling tainted meat and threatened tough punishment against those behind the practice. China is fighting to overcome intense international criticism for exporting […]
Jun 11, 2007
Rising pork prices have brought attention to the pig health crisis in China. Over 46,000 pigs in 22 provinces have been infected with “Blue Ear” disease, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, this year. Chinese health agencies are working to find a vaccine, but the Voice of America contends that the Chinese government has been […]
Jun 8, 2007
The soar in the price of pork, along with other meat, this spring may signal the beginning of inflation, according to this story from International Herald Tribune: Few things are as essential to the Chinese as their pigs. From pork spare ribs and mu shu pork to char siu bao – barbecued pork buns – […]
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