Eight feed dealers and pig farmers in Taiwan have been held by investigators under the suspicion of selling and using feed containing illegal additives.
The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) under the Council of Agriculture said Saturday investigators seized 23kg of antipyretic and analgesic APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients), along with more than 800kg of unlabeled additives.
Since an amendment to the Veterinary Drugs Control Act was declared on January 23, the penalties for illegal production, importing or use of animal drugs have been increased.
Under the amendment, livestock farmers who use illicit drugs can be fined NT$60,000 (US$2,033) to NT$300,000, while repeat offenders can be fined between NT$500,000 and NT$2.5 million.
Under the amendment, those guilty of manufacturing or importing and selling forbidden veterinary drugs can be sentenced up to seven years in prison, or life in prison if the offense results in the death of a person, and can be sentenced to between three years and seven years if the drug causes serious bodily harm.
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