Consumer group protests pork with ractopamine

TOO LITTLE DATA? The Consumers’ Foundation said that the government would hopefully take the public’s concerns seriously after many people sign the petition

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 21, 2020
By: Yang Mien-chieh and
Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Consumers’ Foundation members hold a news conference in Taipei yesterday to urge the public to sign an online petition against pork containing ractopamine and to join a street demonstration scheduled for next month.
Photo: CNA

The Consumers’ Foundation and several civic groups yesterday launched an online petition to demand that the government scrap its executive order easing restrictions on imports of US pork containing the leanness-enhancing agent ractopamine.

Ractopamine is harmful to animals and there is insufficient data on its effects on the health of humans, the foundation said.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Aug. 28 announced that, starting on Jan. 1, Taiwan would ease restrictions on imports of US pork containing traces of the animal feed additive, as well as beef from cattle aged 30 months or older.

Seeing the number of people who sign the petition, the government would hopefully take what people are saying more seriously, the foundation said, adding that the government could use the petition as a bargaining tool in economic and trade negotiations with other nations.

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