Public can trust local pork, council says

STOP DISINFORMATION: The Council of Agriculture said that on Tuesday it reported a Facebook post with false information on pork in Taiwan to the Taipei Police Department

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 20, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

People can safely eat domestic pork, as African swine fever has not spread in Taiwan,

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung, second right, participates at a news conference in Taipei yesterday to promote safe Taiwanese pork.  Photo: CNA

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said yesterday, calling on people not to disseminate misinformation about the disease.

Demand for pork products usually rises ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, but false information about the disease has affected domestic pork sales, Chen told a news conference in Taipei.

A netizen named Gina Lin this month on Facebook wrote that the disease had been found in Taoyuan and warned people not to eat pork products, the council said.

Disinformation could undercut quarantine work and might trigger panic, the council said, adding that on Tuesday it reported the post to the Taipei Police Department.

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