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2,800 pigs dumped in Shanghai river raises pollution concern

BEIJING — A surge in the dumping of dead pigs upstream from Shanghai — with more than 2,800 carcasses floating into the financial hub through Monday — has followed a police campaign to curb the illicit trade in sick pig parts.

The effort to keep infected pork off dinner tables is fueling new health fears, as Shanghai residents and local media fret over the possibility of contamination to the city’s water supply, though authorities say no contamination has been detected.

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Authorities have been pulling out the dead pigs since Friday — and revolting images in news reports and online blogs have raised public ire against local officials. On Monday, Shanghai officials said the number of carcasses retrieved had reached 2,813.

Shanghai’s city government said initial investigations had found the dead pigs came from Jiaxing city in neighboring Zhejiang province. Pork from diseased pigs has ended up in markets, prompting a crackdown.

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