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Animal food products and producers to be regulated

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Executive Yuan has passed a draft amendment to the Animal Protection Law yesterday to regulate pet food products and suppliers.

The president just announced the seventh amendment to the Animal Protection Law last Wednesday. This is the eighth proposal of the amendment to the law.

The draft amendment states that pet food manufacturers, processors and importers will be under the regulation of the government. They have to register their products and provide proof of the products' safety. The government will carry out spot checks and random inspections of pet food products and manufacturers.

It will be illegal to manufacture, sell, import or export contaminated pet food with pathogens and other toxins. Manufacturers, processors and importers of such products will be penalized by fines from between NT$50,000 and NT$250,000.

Packaging, wholesaling, and selling these products will incur fines of between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000. Failing to recall, destroy or properly dispose of the contaminated products will be penalized by fines between NT$50,000 and NT$250,000. Their product names, store names and photos will be announced to the public.

All pet food products must be registered and state their ingredients, additives, nutrient compositions, names of manufacturers and their expiry dates. Providing untrue, exaggerated or misleading information on the label or in advertisements will be subjected to a fine between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000.

Also, the draft amendment stated that causing handicaps, organ failures or deaths of animals will be punished by fines between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000. Abusing or harassing animals will face fines between NT$15,000 and NT$75,000. Recommitting a similar crime within five years will be penalized by one-year imprisonment and NT$1 million fine.

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