Ditched Chinese sausage prompts Taipei to call on public to report suspicious meat

Chinese sausages were spotted in a riverbank park in Taipei

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Chinese sausages left in a riverbank park in Taipei (Photo/Taipei City Animal Protection Office)

Chinese sausages left in a riverbank park in Taipei (Photo/Taipei City Animal Protection Office)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Animal Protection Office (APO) urged the public to report suspicious meat products following a report on Jan. 5 of sausages from China that were found in a riverbank park adjacent to the city’s Bailing Bridge in Shilin District.

According to APO, two sausage packages from China were discovered on a bench by a basketball court at the riverbank park. One of them was unopened, while the other had been opened, its content nowhere to be found. Officials were immediately dispatched to handle the products, which were sent to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine on Jan. 7 for further examination and destruction.

A total of 10 out of 708 pork product samples from China have been tested positive of the African swine fever virus since Aug. 27, 2018, including sausages from Harbin and Chongqing, according to official statistics.

APO called on the public in Taipei to keep vigilant and report to the authorities if they spot dubious meat products, as the city sees frequent movement of visitors and goods from abroad coming from Taipei Songshan Airport as well as the Ports of Taipei and Keelung.

Individuals are advised to call the 1999 Citizen Hotline to report suspicious pork products from African swine flu affected areas. People are advised not to throw them away with other kitchen waste, so as to prevent the disease from spreading through the food chain for pigs.