By: Lee Hsien-feng, Wang Chen-chung
and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is urging local governments to act in unison against the government's decision to lift a ban on imports of pork containing traces of a controversial veterinary drug.
KMT caucuses in all 22 city and county councils in Taiwan held press conferences simultaneously Monday to express with one voice their opposition to the new policy of setting maximum residue levels for ractopamine in imported pork.
They were responding to an announcement by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday that her administration will set maximum residue levels (MRL) for ractopamine in pork to allow imports of such pork from the United States to pave the way for a trade deal with Washington.
At a KMT press conference in Taitung, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said the party was opposed to U.S. pork containing ractopamine because of potential health concerns and criticized Tsai for not seeking a public consensus before announcing the move.