Names of future transgressors might be made public: COA


By Camaron Kao, The China Post

The China Post–Deputy Minister of the Council of Agriculture (COA) Huang Yu-tsai (黃有才) said yesterday that the Executive Yuan is considering amending the Veterinary Drugs Control Act so future offenders, including farmers using illegal growth drugs, will be subject to penalties and have their names disclosed to the public.

In light of recent inspection results that two out of 43 pork factories were found to have illegal growth drugs more toxic than ractopamine in their pork, other factories demanded the COA reveal the offenders’ identities to save other save the image of innocent businesses. Huang, however, said there is currently no law to give the COA the authority to do so. Huang said disclosing the names of offenders might break the rules set up by the Personal Information Protection Act. The conclusion of the Cabinet meeting yesterday stated that the Consumer Protection Law can be used to give the COA the authority to tell the public the names of offenders. Whether or not the Consumer Protection Law can be used for this purpose, the Executive Yuan ma still amend the Veterinary Drugs Control Act to set a separate legal basis.