Suspect pork confiscated
Law enforcement agents in Yunlin County seized 30 tonnes of tainted pork believed to be from dead and diseased hogs during a late-night raid on five illegal slaughterhouses yesterday. The agents arrested a suspect at one of the locations in Yuanchang Township (元長) and were still trying to catch the ringleader and his accomplices, who fled before the agents arrived. The Public Prosecutor's Office in the county ordered the raid after receiving tip-offs that the illegal ring was operating out of a shack in a village in the township. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said that in addition to 1,000kg of hog carcasses that were being butchered in the shack, law enforcement agents found 6,000kg of frozen pork in a walk-in freezer. More than 23,000kg of frozen pork -- - believed to be from dead and sick hogs -- was seized at four other locations.
DOH warns over labeling
Department of Health officials yesterday said that food and agricultural products with misleading or fraudulent labels would be destroyed and the producers fined. Chen Chih-lang (陳志朗), an official with the Bureau of Food Sanitation, made the remarks at a press conference hosted by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lee Chen-nan (李鎮楠). The lawmaker said that 10 so-called "organic" vegetable soup packages sold on the market carried fake certifications describing them as coming from Japan. A number of producers even claimed that their products could cure cancer, Lee said. Local health authorities can order companies to withdraw illegal products or amend the labeling, Chen said, adding that the products would be destroyed if the companies failed to do so. Food with labels falsely claiming medical effects could cost companies fines ranging from NT$200,000 to NT$1 million, Chen said.
Green project a success
Some 290,500m2 of land around factories and construction sites, the equivalent of 700 basketball courts, has been turned into parkland around the country under a government-initiated project to green inner cities and suburban areas, the Environment Protection Administration reported yesterday. Since the greening project was launched in August last year, 561 factories and construction sites have signed up to take part -- turning land in their vicinity into parks or green land -- as of the end of December, agency officials said. Meanwhile, the 561 factories and construction sites have also sponsored the clean-up and maintenance of 1,724km of roads around the country during the same period, the officials said.
Free maps available
One million copies of a tourist map illustrating scenic spots and the road systems leading to them are being distributed free at more than 100 locations throughout the country, starting yesterday. The map, in the form of a folding brochure, was produced by the Tourism Bureau. In addition to showing the road systems linking the nation's most famous scenic spots, the map also provides information on the distance between locations and rest areas on freeways. The maps can be obtained at major airports, railway stations, information centers at freeway rest areas, the passenger service centers along Taipei's mass rapid transit rail system and information centers at 13 national scenic areas.