Via the South China Morning Post: Alarm as over 150 pig carcasses found in China's Gan River. Excerpt:
Mainland authorities have found 157 dead pigs in a river, state media said yesterday, underscoring the country's food safety problems a year after 16,000 carcasses were discovered in Shanghai's main waterway.
The dead pigs were recovered from the Gan River in Jiangxi province, which supplies drinking water to the provincial capital, Nanchang, Xinhua said.
Tests showed that the tap water remained safe for drinking, it said, citing Nanchang authorities. The Gan is a tributary of the Yangtze, one of China's main waterways.
"Another 20 pigs have been fished out of the Gan River, for a total of 157," state broadcaster CCTV said on Sina Weibo.
Ear tags on the carcasses indicated the animals came from Zhangshu , part of Yichun city in the central Chinese province, CCTV said, citing Jiangxi's agriculture department.
An official with the Yichun agriculture bureau said it was unclear where the pigs originated. Zhangshu authorities could not immediately be reached.
A year ago China was stunned by the appearance of more than 16,000 dead pigs floating along parts of the Huangpu River which flows through Shanghai - one of a series of food safety scandals in recent years.
No official explanation was given for the incident, which hugely embarrassed the commercial hub.
Now we just have to wait to see if Jiangxi province (which is southwest of Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, not to mention Shanghai) sees a sudden outbreak of H7N9. It probably won't, but last year's Huangpu pigs coincided with the original H7N9 outbreak. The only link is likely the seasonality of both H7N9 and economic pressures on China's pig farmers.