Pingtung seizes 6,000kg of illegal vet drugs

TIP-OFF: The county has revoked the dealer’s import permit and is investigating whether the drugs have been sold to animal farms in central and southern Taiwan

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 25, 2019
By:Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

Nearly 6,000kg of illegally imported veterinary drugs were seized in Pingtung County, some allegedly

Boxes and drums containing illegally imported veterinary drugs and ingredients are displayed in Pingtung County in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of the Pingtung Animal Disease Control Center

from China and India, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday, adding that it is tracing their whereabouts and would recall them from the market.

It is likely the biggest case of illegal veterinary drug imports, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said.

The Pingtung Animal Disease Control Center, in collaboration with the Kaohsiung Police Department and the Coast Guard Administration, on May 29 searched a veterinary medicine dealer’s office in Sinpi Township (新埤) and warehouse on a farmland in Chaojhou Township (潮州) after being tipped off about the illegal operation.

Investigators seized more than 40 types of illegally imported medicines — including pharmaceutical ingredients for making antibiotics such as amoxicillin and cephalosporin, as well as nitrofuran and roxarsone, which are banned in the nation, the bureau said.  [FULL  STORY]

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