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COA vows to track down tainted goose meat source

TAIPEI--The Council of Agriculture (COA) said yesterday that it will find the sources of three samples of chemical-tainted goose meat taken from markets in New Taipei, Taichung and Tainan and conduct tighter food safety checks in future.

The announcement came following a report unveiled a day earlier by the Department of Health that shows three out of 70 livestock products checked in August contained residues of Florfenicol and Thiamphenicol, drugs used to treat respiratory disease.

COA Minister Chen Bao-ji said use of the drugs is restricted to livestock such as chicken and pork but completely banned in waterfowl products.

However, the amount found in the goose meat samples was only around 3 parts per billion (ppb), far lower than the tolerance level of 100 ppb allowed for livestock products, Chen said, adding that as a result, the meat in question should pose no health concerns.

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