DPP passes ractopamine directives

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Taipei Times
Date: Dec 25, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang, front row, center, leads KMT lawmakers in a protest of government plans to import US pork containing ractopamine at the legislature in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Nine administrative directives to lift restrictions on imports of pork products containing ractopamine residue, as well as US beef from cattle 30 months or older, were approved yesterday, with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) prevailing, given its majority in the legislature.

The results pave the way for Taiwan to allow imports and sales of such US pork and beef products from Friday next week.

DPP lawmakers, who hold 61 of the 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan, voted to pass the nine directives, which included regulations on ractopamine residue levels; labeling of the origin of pork products; quarantine and examination procedures for imported beef; and rules for imports of US and Canadian beef.

Opposition lawmakers from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) voted against the directives.    [FULL  STORY]

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