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Inspection of 1,148 pork suppliers show no signs of tainted meat

by 5m Editor
7 February 2007, at 9:29am

TAIPEI - An investigation by the Department of Health (DOH) of 1,148 meat suppliers and vendors around the country has turned up no signs of pork from sick and dead hogs, a DOH official said Wednesday.

The DOH mobilized every city and county health bureau from Feb. 1 to investigate the meat suppliers and vendors, including 240 pork-processing factories, 402 restaurants and 506 traditional market vendors.

Bureau of Food Sanitation Director Cheng Huei-wen pointed out that it takes time to find illegally butchered pork because the illegal slaughterhouses discovered so far have produced only around 5,000 kg of pork, while around 2.8 million kg is consumed daily.

Restaurants near universities were the investigation's key point, but no evidence of tainted meat was found.

Cheng reminded consumers to check for the CAS logo on the skin of good quality pork and to be aware of pork selling for extremely low prices or without skin.

Those caught selling pork from sick or dead pigs face fines of between NT$30,000 (US$909) and NT$150,000, Cheng said.

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