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« on: October 05, 2007, 07:21:16 AM »


Interesting article. Taiwan does not even allow pet food from China to be imported. Think they know something we don't??? Huh

PRC pet foods not approved for import are in stores: TSU

By Angelica Oung
STAFF REPORTER
Friday, Oct 05, 2007, Page 2
"In addition to finding products labeled as from the PRC, we also found products with no information about their origin."
 
Chou Mei-li, TSU chief of communications
 
Although pet food from China is not approved for import, made-in-China pet treats have found their way onto store shelves.

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday advised pet owners to look for the "Made in China" label on packages of pet food.

Holding up a packet of meat strips labeled "Made in the PRC," TSU chief of communications Chou Mei-li (Huh) told a press conference that pet owners should be careful when selecting treats for their house pets.

"In addition to finding products labeled as from the PRC, we also found products with no information about their origin, as well as products that were past the expiry date," Chou said.

"We have to consider the health of our animals," Chou said. "We don't want a repeat of the tainted pet food episode in the US."

Chou was referring to the deaths of an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 dogs and cats earlier this year caused by tainted Chinese pet food.

Johnson Chiang (Huh), the president of the Taiwan Veterinary Medical Association, called on the Council of Agriculture (COA) to increase its regulation of pet food imports.

"Right now we treat food for all animals the same, so the standards for the food you give your dog or cat are the same as for farm animals," Chiang said.

Contaminated or spoiled food can have deadly consequences, Chiang said, citing a case of contaminated dog food sold under the PAL brand that killed up to 10,000 animals nationwide.

"If the ingredients have become moldy, the animal is ingesting toxins that could cause liver or kidney failure," Chiang said.

An official with the COA's quarantine bureau told the Taipei Times that it is legal to import pet chews made of animal hide from China, but not meat, because of the risk of foot-and-mouth and other illnesses spreading from China.

"We do import from other countries where these diseases are endemic, but only after a factory inspection," said the official who declined to be identified. "However, we have yet to receive a request for a factory inspection from the Chinese government."

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2007/10/05/2003381751
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2007, 10:06:49 PM »

Yes they sure pay better attention to the food than we seem to. With the latest recall of the Topps beef for E-coli here just shows how "not careful" these companies are. Could hire an inspector at each of a companies plants and pay their salary rather than face a lawsuit from people becoming ill and some dying from contaminated meat. Now they are closing their doors cause they have no money to fight anyone with that may have been made ill from eating this ground beef.
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