No ban on toddlers eating treated pork, ministry says

WORRIES PERSIST: A mother at a legislative committee meeting said she was concerned about how parents can ensure the safety of pork purchased at food stalls

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 13, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung speaks during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Health and Welfare would neither encourage nor ban feeding toddlers US pork containing ractopamine, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday.

Chen was speaking at a meeting of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee on the potential health effects of consuming US pork containing the “leanness-enhancing” additive, before a ban on the imports ends on Jan. 1 next year.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安), who is one of the committee’s conveners, said that the ministry on Sept. 5 announced the maximum residue limits (MRL) for ractopamine of 0.04 parts per million (ppm) for pork liver and kidneys, and 0.01ppm for pork fat and all other edible parts.

“If the ministry’s claim that ractopamine intake within the MRL is ‘guaranteed safe’ is true, then why are local hog farmers banned from using the substance?” Chiang said.   [FULL  STORY]

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