Pork containing weight-loss drug makes 70 sick in China

In the latest scandal to hit the nation's chaotic food industry, sufferers complained of stomach pains and diarrhoea after eating the tainted pork in southern China's Guangdong province over the past few days.

Investigations showed the suspect pork bought from local markets was contaminated with clenbuterol, a drug often given to people to treat asthma but also commonly used to cut body fat.

Cases of clenbuterol being given to pigs in China to reduce their fat have been recorded, but it is a banned food additive because it can be fatal for humans, the China Daily said.