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Taiwan to introduce pig tracking system by June

A pig traceability system will be introduced by the end of June in Taiwan. The system will be part of the country's efforts to prevent sick and dead animals from being illegally processed into pork products.

These promises were made by a Taiwan cabinet spokesman by the end of last week.


Premier Su Tseng-chang gave the directive after a Council of Agriculture (COA) official delivered a report on enhancing supervision of pork production to ensure food sanitation.


Critical


With consumers getting more and more critical of food quality and hygiene, Premier Su said government agencies should initiate new measures and systems to streamline farm management.


Su said that under the new system, each package of pork products should have a label explaining where the animal was reared, as well as information about the farm and the breed.


Stricter measures


The premier also ordered for stricter measures for control of sick and dead pigs, including encouraging pig farmers to join a national pig insurance programme to secure compensation in the event of the death of their animals.


In the new insurance fund, money will be provided by pig farmers and government agencies, subsidies may reach about 70% of the market price of the dead pig.


According to the COA, Taiwan produces about 9 million pigs on a yearly basis.


Related news items:
• Taiwan government tries to eradicate tainted pork (7 Feb 2007)
• GPS curbs bad pork trade in Taiwan (3 Jan 2007)


Related websites:
• Taiwanese Council of Agriculture (COA)


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