Shanghai races to clean river ater discovery of 5,916 dead pigs

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SINGAPORE — Shanghai said today it’s increasing the frequency of water quality checks after almost 6,000 dead pigs were found in a river that runs through the city.

Shanghai authorities had said in an earlier statement it had restored clean water to parts of the river in Maogang, where the carcasses were first discovered.

Preliminary investigations showed the dead pigs had floated down the river from neighboring Zhejiang province, the Shanghai government has said.

The discovery of the hogs is the latest scare in China, where leaders have come under criticism for the handling of health and environmental issues. The government announced on Sunday a plan for a regulator with broader authority to ensure food and drug safety and said the agriculture ministry will oversee the quality of farm products, underpinning its pledge to crack down on violations and better protect consumers.

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