Opposition expresses regret over approval of directives to lift ractopamine ban

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/24/2020
By Lin Yu-hsuan, Wang Yu-yang,
Wang Cheng-chung, Yeh Su-ping and Joseph Yeh

Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's three opposition parties on Thursday expressed regret over the approval a slew of administrative directives made by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-controlled legislature earlier in the day, backing the government's decision to allow imports of pork containing the controversial feed additive ractopamine.

The main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and two smaller parties — New Power Party (NPP) and Taiwan People's Party (TPP) — reiterated their opposition to the new policy, which is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 and is widely viewed as an effort to satisfy United States prerequisites for a bilateral trade deal.

In a press event, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) apologized over the party's inability to prevent the DPP from forcing through the nine directives with its 61 seat majority in the 113-seat Legislature.

"The forced passage of these directives shows the DPP's blatant disregard for the opinion of the majority of Taiwanese who oppose the new policy," Chiang said.    [FULL  STORY]

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