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Four pet foods fail labeling inspection

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Taipei City Government yesterday ordered four pet food products to be taken off store shelves because they are incorrectly labeled.

City officials said of the 140 pet food products inspected, four were found to be falsely labeled — Belicom’s tuna and beef cat food, Dobi’s beef, chicken and potato dog food, Ever Red’s beef dog food and Maxwell’s beef dog food. None contained any trace of beef.

The four brands were found to have violated the Commodity Labeling Act (商品標示法) and face fines of up to NT$300,000 (US$9,900).

Yeh Ching-yuan (葉慶元), director of the city government’s Law and Regulation Commission, said the commission would tell the pet-food manufacturers to make changes to the labels and ask retailers to take the products off their shelves.

According to Taipei City Animal Protection Office director Yen I-feng (嚴一峰), the amount of aflatoxin, a toxin that can cause liver failure, in every product was in compliance with international standards of below 20 parts per billion.

None of the products contained melamine or salmonella, Yen said.

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