Ten people have been arrested and more than 100 companies closed down as officials continue their crackdown on the use of banned animal drugs and toxic pesticides in farm produce, reported newspaper “China Daily”.
Gao Hongbin, vice-minister of agriculture, said that all agricultural wholesale markets in large and medium cities will be under surveillance by the end of the year. So far, 479 out of the 676 markets nationwide are covered.
According to the newspaper officials also rebuffed claims that China has suppressed the true extent of the latest blue-ear disease outbreak. Li Jinxiang, deputy director of the veterinary bureau of the ministry, dismissed allegations that China is hiding the spread of the disease and that pigs in Myanmar and Vietnam had been infected.
Source: China Daily