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Friday, June 3, 2011

China : Bullfrogs tested for cholera bacteria in Shanghai

Via People's Daily Online :

" Bullfrogs at two stores in Shanghai's biggest aquatic wholesale market were withdrawn from sale and sealed yesterday because it was suspected they contained bacteria that can cause cholera.

More than 400 kilograms of bullfrogs were removed from the shelves at the Mingquan Bullfrog Firm and Guangbao Bullfrog Firm in the Tongchuan Road market.

The frogs were not raised in Shanghai, but came from southeast China's Fujian Province, officials with the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said.

The Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention has taken frog samples for further laboratory tests. The bureau said further action depended on what the test results revealed.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said it will take steps to prevent suspect frogs from being used by local restaurants.

The trade in bullfrogs is currently at its peak, with 30,000 to 40,000 kilograms of frogs sold from the market every day."

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