Kaohsiung grouper 'not affected' by fake drugs
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Grouper fish farmers in Kaohsiung have stressed that their fish are safe to eat following the arrest of a fake veterinarian suspected of selling fake drugs to fish farms in southern Taiwan.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Representatives from the grouper farms in Kaohsiung's Yongan district, a grouper farming hub, held a press conference in the southern city yesterday, stressing that they have been strictly monitoring the feeds and drugs for their fish.
They maintained that the arrested suspect had nothing to do with their farming, and their fish are safe to eat.
A fake veterinarian, surnamed Chang, was arrested last week for allegedly selling fake fish drugs to unsuspecting grouper farms in Kaohsiung and Pingtung over the past five years. The drugs contained pesticides and industrial chemicals, police said.
The news has raised great concerns among consumers over the safety of the groupers from the area.
Yongan, dubbed the “Home of Groupers,” was hit by a food scare several years ago when the toxic chemical malachite green was found in the groupers in the area.
But Ho Che-liang, head of the Yongan Fishery Association, said that the groupers in the area must now be examined before shipping. There is also a fish disease clinic where farmers receive advice from veterinarians, Ho said, adding that drug safety factors are strictly monitored.
A Yongan fish farmer urged the police to conduct a thorough investigation to see where the fake drugs had been sold.
Kaohsiung's Marine Bureau also released results concerning its inspection of fishery products over the past four years. The results showed a 97-percent passing rate for the products examined, it said.
Lan Chien-chang, head of the Marine Bureau, said Yongan fish farms had no need to use the fake drugs on offer because the city-assigned vets offer them professional advice and prescription drugs.