March 4, 2012
A top Taiwan agriculture official has stepped down amid allegations he covered up bird flu outbreaks, a day after authorities said they had culled thousands of chickens.
Hsu Tien-lai, the chief of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine had tendered his resignation, Council of Agriculture spokesman Wang Cheng-taung told AFP on Sunday.
Hsu was accused in a documentary of covering up outbreaks of H5N2 bird flu, a less virulent strain of the virus.
Wang insisted that the “approval of Hsu’s resignation is not an indication that he had ‘covered up’ the flu outbreak”, adding that the accusations would be investigated.