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COA reintroduces Web site selling certified poultry

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter

The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday announced the relaunch of a Web site that sells domestic poultry meat that has passed the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine’s safety inspections.

The Web site was established by the National Animal Industry Foundation last year, but has been expanded and relaunched to provide safe, quality meat from poultry processed at about 60 qualified slaughterhouses nationwide, the council said.

Lin Chih-hsien (林志憲), a section chief at the bureau, said that all poultry products sold on the Web site were guaranteed to be from birds bred in Taiwan, with each product passing drug residue inspections run by veterinarians at qualified slaughterhouses.

Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Wang Cheng-teng (王政騰) said the council was glad to see chicken farmers investing in their farms to cope with qualification standards and provide safety reassurances to consumers.

“The establishment of the Web site not only encourages farmers and companies to improve the quality of their products, but it also benefits consumers by providing high quality meat, as well as a chance for young people who often use the Internet to understand the meat industry,” Wang said.

The Web site offers 24-hour delivery, preorders and bulk buying for groups, Lin said, adding that the inspection reports of every product will also be shown on the Web site.

The Web site also has a section for making donations, which allows consumers to order products for shipment directly to charity organizations, he said.

For every NT$1,000 consumers spend on the Web site, NT$100 worth of produce will be donated to charities, he said.

Wang said when the Web site was established last year, there was a young person who ordered chicken from the site and requested it to be sent to a fourth-floor apartment where his grandmother, who is housebound, lived by herself.

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