Fipronil test added to random inspection of imports: Taiwan's FDA

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Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwan is adding a fipronil test to the random inspection of chicken meat and egg imports, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Wednesday.

In the wake of numerous incidences of fipronil tainted eggs worldwide, the FDA is increasing measures to ensure no contaminated chicken or eggs are imported to Taiwan.

This decision comes after a recent "poisonous egg" scandal in Taiwan, in which 1.55 million eggs were removed from store shelves after a country-wide investigation found 45 farms with excessive levels of the insecticide.

FDA Deputy Director-General Lin Chin-fu (林金富) said the administration will initiate random inspections of chicken and egg imports at border and customs control points to test for fipronil.

Fipronil levels must not exceed 5 parts per billion, a standard set by the European Union and adopted by Taiwan's Executive Yuan.

Wei Jen-ting (魏任廷), deputy chief of the FDA's Northern Center, reported egg imports totaling 534.7 tons from January to September of this year. They were all from the United States.

Random inspections, including a fipronil test, have been conducted on those imports twice since the egg scandal broke and found no excessive levels of the insecticide, Wei said.

According to Wei, 2 to 10 percent of chicken and egg imports will be selected randomly for animal drug and fipronil testing under the new policy.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Kuan-lin Liu)

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