Forage Company imported 1,500 tonnes of corn from
The deaths of
hundreds of stray dogs at two shelters in northern
'We're almost certain that the polluted feed caused the deaths of the more than 300 stray dogs found dead,' said Mr Hsu Tien-lai, chief of the council's Department of Animal Industry.
Samples taken from the dog food showed it contained up to 150 ppb (parts per billion) of aflatoxin, a chemical produced by a fungus, which causes severe liver damage in animals, he said.
International allowable levels of aflatoxin for dogs stand at around 20 ppb.
Around 30 tonnes of the tainted dog feed were retrieved and destroyed but 20 tonnes, and 1,450 tonnes of pig feed, have been consumed.
Allowable levels of aflatoxin for pig feed are 200 ppb.
said it would step up its tests of corn imports from
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