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China Bans Clenbuterol Tablet Production, Sale, Use

September 29, 2011

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- China banned the production, sale and use of clenbuterol hydrochloride tablets in the country, according to a statement posted on the State Food and Drug Administration’s website today.

The administration views the tablets as having greater risk in its use, including side effects and abuse, than its benefits, according to the statement. The tablets are mainly used for bronchial asthma treatments, the statement said.

Clenbuterol has been found to be fed illegally to pigs to induce the growth of lean meat.

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