Premier: Opening up to US beef, pork in line with Taiwan’s interests

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 03 September, 2020
By: John Van Trieste

Premier Su Tseng-chang says that Taiwanese pork is entering new markets overseas.

Premier Su Tseng-chang has told lawmakers that the decision to ease import restrictions of US beef and pork is in line with Taiwan’s strategic interests.

The Tsai administration has announced that beginning next year, Taiwan will allow the import of pork containing the leanness-enhancing additive ractopamine, an additive commonly found in pork from the US. The administration also says that from next year, Taiwan will lift a ban on US beef from cattle over 30 months old, a ban put in place over concerns about mad cow disease.

These policy changes remove a major stumbling block in Taiwan’s trade relations with the US, but have seen a backlash from pig farmers and from the opposition KMT.

On Thursday, Su addressed lawmakers about the planned policy changes towards imports of US meat products.    [FULL  STORY]

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