By: Huang Li-yun and Flor Wang
Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) The Taiwan government has asked all e-commerce enterprises
in the country to remove Chinese meat products from their websites, as part of an effort to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) from China to Taiwan, Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said Thursday.
“The Council of Agriculture (COA) has notified all e-commerce platforms, including PC Home, Yahoo and Shopee, of the ban,” Chen said at a weekly Cabinet meeting, calling for cooperation between the government and private sector.
In response, Shopee said it has removed more than 2,000 Chinese meat products from its website and has announced the ban on all its e-commerce platforms.
Meanwhile, Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) chief Hwung Hwung-hweng (黃煌煇) said in a legislative hearing earlier Thursday that he will resign if the ASF virus enters Taiwan via smuggled products coming in by sea. [FULL STORY]