Nation to ensure quality of imported pork, beef

REMOVING BARRIERS: The government would establish mechanisms to trace the source of pork and beef, and set up a NT$10 billion fund to support local hog farmers

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 08, 2020
By: Dennis Xie / Staff writer, with CNA

An employee at a supermarket in Kaohsiung yesterday holds signs reassuring customers that all pork products sold at the store contain only Taiwanese pork.
Photo: Chen Wen-chan, Taipei Times

The government would adhere to scientific evidence and international standards to ensure the quality of US pork containing ractopamine and US beef entering Taiwan, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday.

The public’s preference for local pork would make it competitive against US pork, despite the latter being cheaper, Su told reporters, citing data showing that Taiwanese consume more local pork than imported pork.

The local pork market has a self-sufficiency rate of more than 90 percent, the data showed.

As a nation that thrives on commerce, Taiwan must find ways to overcome trade barriers and conduct business with other countries to grow its economy, Su added.    [FULL  STORY]

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