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Tainted pork found at Taipei retail markets

by 5m Editor
6 February 2007, at 11:50am

CHINA - Law enforcement agents have uncovered tainted pork from diseased or dead hogs at retail markets, believed to be supplied from illegal slaughterhouses in Yunlin County. Health officials yesterday urged consumers to remain alert when they purchase meat.

Investigation Bureau agents seized more than 1.2 metric tons of questionable frozen pork at a warehouse in Zhonghe City, Taipei County, in the afternoon.

The owner of the warehouse, surnamed Huang, admitted that he has shipped unspecified volumes of pork to the Huanan Market in Taipei City, a prison in Taipei County, and several downstream processors who supply pork meatballs and other processed products to vendors at several other markets.

Huang revived the pork business of his father, who had gone into hiding after he was pursued by police and investigators several months ago.

Officials are concerned that the case indicates the tainted pork has already been funneled into the Greater Taipei area.

Aided by police and investigators, health officials in Taichung County in central Taiwan tracked down 1.6 tons of the pork provided by Chen Wei-jin, the supplier based in Yuanchang township, Yunlin County, in southwestern Taiwan.

Chen was arrested early this month and several accomplices are still at large. Officials at the southern branch office of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and prosecutors confiscated more than five tons of questionable pork plus over one ton of sausages and preserved meat made of the pork at Chanji township, Pingtung County.

Source: The China Post

5m Editor