Ministry announces ractopamine limits

NEW MEASURES: From Jan. 1, all pork products sold anywhere, including at food stalls, traditional markets and restaurants, must be legibly marked with the country of origin

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 06, 2020
By:. Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung holds up a sign at a news conference in Taipei yesterday with two labels displaying different countries of origin for pork sold in stores.
Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday announced the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for US pork containing ractopamine: 0.04 parts per million (ppm) for liver and kidneys, and 0.01ppm for all other parts of the animal.

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said that to protect people’s health, the MRLs for US pork containing ractopamine were based on scientific evidence and health risk assessments.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Aug. 28 announced that the government would lift bans on US pork containing ractopamine and US beef from cattle more than 30 months old. The policy is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 next year.

A food hygienic safety and nutrition consultative council was convened by the ministry on Friday to discuss the appropriate MRLs for Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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