Consumers’ Foundation urges shift to antibiotic-free feed

 

Source: China Post

( http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/16/460900/p2/Consumers’-Foundation.htm)

Christine Chou, The China Post

March 16, 2016, 12:08 am TWN

 

To this day, a total of 34 items have been banned, which leaves 11 types of animal fodder remaining in the market, said the official. Taiwan’s government aims to cut the number of permitted antibiotics to nine after July this year.

The eurozone is the first and only regulatory body in the world that had completely banned the use of antibiotics in animal feed, said officials.

Those that use banned drugs will face a fine of NT$30,000 to NT$150,000, and if they persist in breaching the same regulation multiple times within a year, the penalty will be raised to a fine between NT$50,000 and NT$2,500,000.

The MOHW stated that it carries out monthly inspections of livestock and seafood products in the market, to check if antibiotics or drugs remain. On average, more than 90 percent of the products pass the inspections, said a ministry official.

Choose Traceable Meat: CF

CF Chairman Alan Lu (陸雲) said if consumers wished to avoid health problems caused by antibiotics, they should look for meat products that offer detailed information about their production.

Also, Lu urged consumers to avoid meat not thoroughly cooked.

Animals that have consumed antibiotics and then later enter the human system are like invisible enemies at the dinner table, said a physician with the CF, Hsieh Yen-yau (謝炎堯).

Hsieh said skin irritation or allergic reactions are common after eating chicken dosed with antibiotics.

Consumption of such food products may also result in higher resistance to antibiotics, reducing the effectiveness of medicine taken in the future, stressed the physician.