Taiwanese pet owners are being advised to look at where their pet food and treats are coming from.
The chief of communication for Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) has warned consumers to be cautious of Chinese-made pet food and treats. Even though pet food from China is not approved for import, pet treats from the country are showing up on store shelves.
“In addition to finding products labeled as from the PRC, we also found products with no information about their origin, as well as products that were past the expiry date,” the TSU chief of communication said.
He added: “We have to consider the health of our animals. We don’t want a repeat of the tainted pet food episode in the US.”
A Council of Agriculture spokesperson said that it is legal to import pet chews of animal hide from China. But it is illegal to import meat because of the risk of illnesses spreading from China.
The spokesperson stated: “We do import from other countries where these diseases are endemic, but only after a factory inspection. However, we have yet to receive a request for a factory inspection from the Chinese government.”
Source: Taipei Times