The Executive Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan has approved a draft amendment to the Animal Protection Law to regulate pet food products and product suppliers.
The amended draft states that manufacturers, processors and importers of pet food products must register the products they produce or handle with the central government.
Producing, processing, packaging, wholesaling, selling, importing, exporting, giving or attempting to sell or display pet foods tainted with excess levels of pathogens or substances detrimental to health will be prohibited, according to the draft.
Those found manufacturing, processing, importing, or selling such products who fail to recall, destroy, or properly dispose of the products will face fines between NT$50,000 and NT$250,000 (US$ 1,560 - $ 7,800) and will have their names, store names or photos published.
Those who provide product labels, promotional literature, or advertising that are untrue, exaggerated or cause misunderstandings will face fines between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000 (US$ 936 - $4,680).
City and county governments will be allowed to carry out spot checks and random inspections of pet food products and to demand that pet food sellers provide proof of the safety of their products.