The Domestic Beef Traceability System

The Domestic Beef Traceability System

Published: 2014.11.11
Accepted: 2014.11.11
Board Director
Taiwan Flowers Development Association

Hwang-Jaw Lee

Board Director, Taiwan Flowers Development Association


In order to implement the Domestic Beef Traceability System, the Council of Agriculture (COA) put into effect the compulsory certificate of origin for cattle slaughtering, which regulates the use of standard ear tag, branding, and certification designated for special use. Slaughtering will not be permitted for cattle without distinct identification and certification.

The COA launched the program of『 Domestic Beef Traceability System』in October, 2012 for the purpose of encouraging the practice of ear tag application. Integrating the joint efforts from cattle farm, slaughter house and retailing stores, the supply chain and information of domestic beef can be transparent to the consumers. Moreover, a clear distinction from the imported beef can also be achieved. Effective July 1, all cattle must bear adequate certificates of origin at pre-check before slaughtering. After July, the resident veterinary inspector at slaughter houses will perform inspection on beef cattle ear tags or brandings, as well as the certificates of origin. Any violation or non-compliance will keep the animals out of the slaughter houses.

In order to prevent most cattle from being denied slaughtering due to farmers’ unfamiliarity with the new regulation, the COA marked a probation period before July 15 and offered a batch of provisional ear tags to slaughter houses so that all cattle would meet the regulation requirements. This would avoid the unnecessary conflicts that emerge with the implementation. However, after the conclusion of the probation period, the regulation would be strictly enforced. After July, it will send out supervisors on an irregular basis to slaughter houses in order to ensure that the resident veterinary inspectors would have carried out the pre-slaughtering inspection thoroughly.  Cattle farms, retailers, and suppliers are urged to comply with the new regulation by applying ear tags and offering proper certificates of origin. Only by doing so can the Domestic Beef Traceability System be effectively put into practice and imported beef be differentiated from domestic beef in the market.

(Data Sources: Council of Agriculture)


Date submitted: Nov. 10, 2014

Reviewed, edited and uploaded: Nov. 11, 2014