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Be Sure to Check the Mark of Origin When Purchasing Pork Products
Publish Date:110-01-13
Units:Department of General Affairs   Category:News
In response to the import of pork containing Ractopamine, Lin Chih-Chien, the Mayor of Hsinchu City, announced that the City Government will protect the health of citizens and the transparency of information through three key points: origin labeling, strengthening of trace management, and enhancement of inspections. The Public Health Bureau will inspect the labeling of meat ingredients at retailers, manufacturing and processing industries, and food providers. Currently, it is planned that inspection of 1750 spots and sampling inspections for Ractopamine will be carried out. In addition, “reagents for Ractopamine” will be purchased for elementary schools, junior high schools, and postpartum nursing care centers.
 
Mayor Lin Chih-Chien emphasized that it is the duty of the local government to control food safety. Besides the three key items to work on: firm management on origins, implementation of origin labeling, and doubling of enhanced inspections, starting last year the City Government has provided street-sweeping-like guidance to 4092 dealers, including pork ball manufacturers, meatball manufacturers, breakfast shops, hypermarkets, and supermarkets.
 
Import industries, manufacturing and processing industries, direct food providers, and retailers should adopt the “Three Dos” principle: do follow the regulations, do implement labeling, and do carry out self-management. Relevant dealers should register on the system and further preserve the documents regarding the origin of the products and food tracing system for five years. If citizens find that shops have not labeled the origins, please follow the “Three Don’ts” principle: do not buy products without knowing the origin, do not buy products without labels and do not buy products without clear labeling.
 
The Public Health Bureau will enhance and broaden the inspection on the labeling of pork and products containing edible parts of pigs. The results will be posted on the website of The Public Health Bureau so that citizens can choose meat products at ease. If dealers don’t label the origins, according to regulations, they will be fined 30,000 to 3,000,000 NTD. For false labeling, they will be fined 40,000 to 4,000,000 NTD.
 

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