China's farm products safe: official

Updated: 2007-09-24 13:47

BEIJING - The quality of Chinese farm products has being improving over the years, with more than 93 percent vegetables safe and 98 percent meat products up to standards, Gao Hongbin, vice-minister of agriculture, said on Monday.

"More than 93 percent of the vegetables are safe in terms of pesticide residue and more than 98 percent of meat products are up to scratch concerning the remains of clenobuterol hydrochloride," Gao said at a press conference.

Clenobuterol hydrochloride is a drug some farmers used to feed pigs to develop more muscles before selling them. It has been abolished due to side effects to human heart.

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