Six jailed in China for selling tainted bean sprouts

August 13th, 2011 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 13 (IANS) Six people in China’s Liaoning province have been given jail terms for producing and selling bean sprouts that were grown using a toxic fertilizer.

Ruan Wenming, Li Hongwei, Guo Juan and Yang Jun were sentenced to two years in prison and fined 10,000 yuan ($1,565) each, according to a verdict from the People’s Court of Shenyang’s economic development zone.

In another case, the Huanggu District People’s Court in Shenyang sentenced Wang Changzhi to 10 months in prison and Chen Yanling to six months in prison. Wang and Chen were also fined 20,000 yuan each, reported Xinhua.

The six were found guilty of applying urea and enrofloxacin to their bean sprouts to increase their output, according to the verdicts.

Urea is a toxic chemical compound that is sometimes used in fertilizers, while enrofloxacin is an antibiotic. Both are banned for agricultural use in China.

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