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
These promises were made by a Taiwan cabinet spokesman by the end of last
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.
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
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.
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
Related news items:
government tries to eradicate tainted pork
(7 Feb 2007)
curbs bad pork trade in Taiwan
(3 Jan 2007)
â€¢ Taiwanese Council of Agriculture
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