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Pig farms must process food waste feed or be fined, says ag council

by 5m Editor
18 January 2019, at 12:00a.m.

Pig farms must process recycled food waste before it is used as hog feed, or face a fine of up to NT$3 million (US$97,238), the Council of Agriculture said on Tuesday as it publicised new regulations to prevent African swine fever, which took effect on Wednesday.

Food waste must be heated by steam at 90°C for one hour before being used as hog feed, it said.

As of earlier this month, the nation had about 7,000 registered pig farms, about 1,741 of which used recycled food waste for feed, while 357 possessed proper steamer units, the council said.

Four hundred additional farms have begun transitioning to commercial feed, while another 439 farms were granted extensions to transition or to make arrangements before being shuttered, it said.

The remaining 555 farms have not updated their status with the Environmental Protection Administration and have not been inspected since, council Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng said.

The Department of Animal Industry is to begin inspecting these farms and non-compliance would result in fines, Huang said.

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Source: Taipei Times