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All pet food passes safety tests in 2010

2011/01/23 15:29:26

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) Random checks on animal food last yearfound no safety violations, an official of the Council of Agriculture(COA) said Sunday.

Hsu Kuei-sen, director of the COA's Animal Industry Department,said that to safeguard animal health, his department conducted thechecks on 402 pet foods, of which 313 were for dogs and 89 were forcats.

Hsu said that among the tests, one for aflatoxin, a toxic andhighly carcinogenic substance, was conducted on all 402 pet foods.

"The results showed that aflatoxin levels in all of the testswere below the international norm of 20 parts per billion, " Hsuadded.

He also said the results of random checks on 50 of the pet foodsfor salmonella and T-2 toxins, on 51 of them for melamine, and on 31of them for heavy metals, also met international standards.

Pet food quality caused widespread concern in January 2009 afterit came to light that more than 300 dogs died at two animal sheltersin Taipei County, now known as New Taipei City, after eatingaflatoxin-contaminated dog food.

(By Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu)