By: Yu Hsiang, Liu Kuan-ting, Liu Chien-shen and Matthew Mazzetta
Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) The Cabinet on Thursday released a five-point plan for the regulation of American pork products, in an effort to ease public concerns over residues of the livestock drug ractopamine, before Taiwan opens its market to such imports from the United States next year.
At a Cabinet meeting, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said the measures will allow the government to closely supervise imported pork "from Customs to the kitchen" and to safeguard the health of the Taiwanese people.
First, American slaughterhouses and meat processing plants that are exporting to Taiwan for the first time will be required to obtain authorization from Taiwanese health authorities, pending on-site inspections, Su said.
When the various products arrive at Taiwan Customs, they will be assigned new Commodity Classification Code numbers to make it easier for the government to track the origin and domestic distribution of the product, he said. [FULL STORY]