Fines will be enforced after June
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In order to facilitate the tracking of an eventual African swine fever outbreak, trucks transporting pigs will have to be equipped with a Global Positioning System or GPS, the government said Wednesday.
Over the past few months, Taiwan has intensified its checks on pork and other meat products in order to prevent the expansion of the disease from overseas, and particularly from China, into the country. Passengers arriving at airports or harbors and failing to report banned meat can face a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,480).
As statistical evidence showed that the fever was still in its most active phase, the government announced it would order the installation of GPS on an estimated 1,400 trucks transporting hogs by the end of June, the Central News Agency reported.
Companies who installed the devices before the end of this month could receive subsidies, while those who failed to do so after June would face fines, Council of Agriculture officials said. [FULL STORY]