GPS curbs bad pork trade in Taiwan
A new Taiwanese policy is thought to prevent about 30,000 metric tonnes
of diseased pork from entering the market every year.
The law, compelling all 125 licensed trucks to install a
global positioning system (GPS), came into force in June last year and has been
fully implemented by now.
This resulted in a large rise in reported
diseased pork. A total of 8,622 metric tonnes of diseased pork was now sent to
designated feed-processing plants in October and November 2005 - up 5,500 metric
tonnes in comparison to the year before.
Based on this outcome, the
measure could be preventing 30,000 metric tonnes of bad quality pork to enther
the food chain.
The measure was
adopted to facilitate Environmental Protection Administration monitoring and
ensuring the diseased animals are sent to these designated feed-processing
Stories are known of unscrupulous traders have been reselling
diseased pork to restaurants and food manufacturers.
Taiwanese Environmental Protection Administration
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