Fri, Aug 04, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Sheep ordered killed

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Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) yesterday ordered sheep on a farm in Bali Township (八里) slaughtered because of the excessive levels of dioxin residue in their bodies. The order came after two tests confirmed that meat and milk from the sheep had excessive amounts of dioxin. The Taipei County Government has ruled out the possibility that feed and an incinerator in Bali are the sources of the dioxin contamination, and said it would continue testing the land, livestock and poultry raised on the farms in Linkou (林口). Chen Chang-yu (陳長裕), director of the county government's Bureau of Agriculture, said that the county government would ensure the slaughter of all the 49 sheep on the farm to prevent their meat and milk from entering the market. Teng Chia-chi (鄧嘉基), director of the county's Environmental Protection Bureau, urged the public not to panic as the meat produced on the farm was exclusively supplied the owner's restaurant and had never entered the market.

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