KMT, groups to protest ractopamine rule change

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 29, 2020
By Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City councilors yesterday protest against Democratic Progressive Party councilors for boycotting a deliberation of proposed amendments to the Taipei City Self-Governing Regulations for Food Safety.
Photo: Cheng Ming-hsiang, Taipei Times

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) plans on Nov. 22 to join groups in protesting the government’s decision to allow the importation of US pork containing traces of ractopamine, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday.

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 the leanness-enhancing drug, as well as beef from cattle aged 30 months or older.

The policy “lacks not only supporting administrative actions, but also a complete risk assessment,” Chiang said at a weekly KMT Central Standing Committee meeting in Taipei. “It directly affects the food safety environment of people.”

Two months after Tsai’s announcement of the policy, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration “is still unable to give the people a reasonable decisionmaking process and reason” for allowing the imports, Chiang said.    [FULL  STORY]

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