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Inspections Increased over Growth Promoters

21 January 2011

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese Council of Agriculture is to increase inspections of poultry farms, holding facilities and slaughterhouses, after residues of a banned drug that promotes leanness were found in a sample of goose meat.

The meat was found to contain the drug zilpaterol and according to a report on Focus Taiwan was most likely supplied by a poultry holding facility in Changhua.

Huang Kuo-ching, deputy director-general of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) told the network that geese held at the facility were found to have residues of the drug during an inspection in December.

However subsequent inspections earlier this month found no traces of the drug.

A total 28,000 geese were sold by the facility between 13 December and 4 January and now the Department of Health (DOH) is stepping up its effort to trace any meat on the market that might have been contaminated with the drug.

ThePoultrySite News Desk

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