FDA confirms check on Canadian beef products

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 19, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed it sent officials to check on the safety of Canadian beef amid reports that a ban on Canadian beef products is to be lifted next month.

Taiwan banned imports of Canadian beef products in February last year following the confirmation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — better known as mad cow disease — in a cow in Alberta.

Food Safety Division head Pan Chih-kuan (潘志寬) on Friday said that Canada, hoping to get the ban lifted, last year asked that risk assessment be conducted.

The FDA sent officials to Canada in November last year to check on its beef, reporting no problems, Pan said, adding that the results of the visit were submitted to the Executive Yuan.     [FULL  STORY]

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