Lawmakers demand legislative review on ractopamine standards

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/05/2020
By: Wang Cheng-chung and Ko Lin

CNA photo Sept. 5, 2020

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Lawmakers of Taiwan's opposition parties on Saturday demanded that the government's standards on the amounts of ractopamine residue allowed in imported U.S. pork be subjected to review by the legislative body.

When it comes to health concerns, the issue needs to be dealt with conscientiously, while the public should also be given at least 60 days to view and comment on the matter, New Power Party (NPP) lawmaker Chen Jiau-hua (陳椒華) said at a press conference.

Such an important policy made concerning U.S. meat imports must be reviewed by relevant committees at the Legislature, Chen said, instead of being fast-tracked as an administrative order, which is currently the case and basically allows the new measure to take effect in seven days.

The NPP caucus has already notified Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) that it wants a cross-party discussion to be convened on Sept. 7 to discuss the matter, she said.

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