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GPS helps block diseased pork entering Chinese food market

by 5m Editor
4 January 2007, at 11:05am

TAIWAN - The compulsory installation of global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices on trucks transporting dead pigs is expected to help prevent 30,000 metric tons of diseased pork from entering the market every year, an Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) official said yesterday.

Since the policy was enforced in June 2006, all 125 licensed trucks responsible for transporting livestock or poultry carcasses around the country have completed the installation, according to the EPA. The measure was adopted to facilitate EPA monitoring and ensuring the diseased animals are sent to designated feed-processing plants, in the wake of reports that unscrupulous traders have been reselling diseased pork to restaurants and food manufacturers for human consumption.

According to Yang Ching-hsi, deputy head of the EPA's Department of Waste Management, a total of 8,622 metric tons of diseased pork was sent to feed-processing plants in October and November last year, up 5,500 metric tons compared to the same period in 2005.

Based on this outcome, the measure could prevent at least 30,000 metric tons of diseased pork from getting to the market every year, Yang said.

Source: China Post

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