Banning of the production, sale and use of ‘lean pork meat’ (clenbuterol) powder


On 1 October, the Chinese Food and Drug authority announced to have banned the production, sale and use of clenbuterol tablets. These tablets – often added to pig’s feed – are also known as ‘lean meat powder’ as they speed up muscle building and fat burning, resulting in leaner pork meat.

Earlier this year, in March, Henan Shuanghui Investment and Development Co ltd, a prominent pork producer in China, had to publicly apologize for the fact that pork tainted with clenbuterol had been found in their products.

The decision was made after a consideration of the risks and potential dangers of the excessive use of the powder to human health. Existing clenbuterol tablets will be destroyed under the supervision of local food and drug departments.

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