03/26/2013, 00.00
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Not just pigs, over a thousand dead ducks in Sichuan

The carcasses were found on the banks of a river in Pengshan county: they were in an advanced state of decomposition. The food business operators fear that the meat could be sold and that they could have polluted drinking water wells. The central government is now silent, but gives the go ahead to state media to discuss the situation.

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - After the pigs comes the turn of the ducks. Over a thousand fowl were found in an advanced state of decomposition on the banks of a river in Pengshan county, Sichuan Province. In recent weeks, again on the banks of a river, about 10 thousand pigs were found dead in the Shanghai area. The ducks were found more than a week ago, but the authorities - local residents complain - have tried to cover up the affair.

Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Jichuan Zhang, said that the bodies were "smelly and decaying" when they were identified: "Judging by the level of decomposition, the ducks must have been dead for days and they were not dumped by people living nearby. " About 60 bags were found in the vicinity, used perhaps for the transport of animals.

The enormous pollution that accompanies China's economic development is decimating some of the breeds most commonly used in the food market, and some stakeholders fear that contaminated meat is still sold at reduced prices. A restaurateur in Pengshan also argues that "there is the risk" of the pollution of drinking water wells, as carcasses are always found on the edge of a river.

For now, the central government authorities have not announced any specific plans to try to curb the phenomenon, but have allowed the state media to follow the story. The question of pig carcasses in the Huangpo river paved the way, and the story of the dead ducks is now all over the news in China.



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