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Hot-and-Sour Steroids?


A Chinese doping expert warns that some Chinese foods are so loaded with steroids, athletes could test positive for drugs during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Steroids pose a risk to all Chinese. Last fall, more than 330 in Shanghai fell sick after consuming pork tainted with a weight-loss steroid, which farmers apparently had given their pigs to make them leaner. And steroids aren't the only issue. Recently, Chinese duck eggs were reportedly found with a potentially carcinogenic dye. Farmers presumed people would find the red yolks auspicious. But they're just cancerous. Add to that general hygiene issues, pesticides, fertilizers, and chemical additives, and eating in China can be dangerous.