Prosecutors seize 10,000 kilograms of diseased pork in Yunlin

TAIWAN - Prosecutors based in Yunlin seized more than 10,000 kilograms of pork from sick pigs Wednesday and the authorities warned consumers yesterday to purchase only officially approved pork products.

The meat factory where the diseased meat was found was run by three brothers surnamed Lee and was not registered legally, which alerted investigators to the possibility that the animals butchered there were sick or had died of diseases, prosecutors said.

According to the prosecutors, some of the diseased pork had already been distributed to meat processing factories in Taichung, Changhua and Tainan that produced sausages, spareribs and other pork products to be sold on the market.

While prosecutors said they were aiming to crack down on the distribution network, the Council of Agriculture advised consumers to buy only pork products that carry the CAS label.

Four dead pigs were found at the residence of the eldest Lee brother, Wan-mo, and investigators arrived the residence of another brother, Lee Wan-chuan as he was butchering a pig and had two other carcasses waiting nearby, prosecutors said.

Source: eTaiwan News
calendar icon 31 March 2006
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