By: Huang Kuo-fang, Yu Hsiao-han,
Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Pig farmers in Taiwan said they hope the rules on the amount of ractopamine residue allowed in imported U.S. pork, as well as related inspection and labeling, can be implemented strictly in the wake of the government's announcement Saturday that it will set ractopamine standards for the meat.
Hsu Yu-tsung (許裕聰), director of the Yunlin County Pig Farmers Association, urged the government to stick to the standards it has set and carry out complementary measures as promised, including inspections of the labeling of the origin of pork and pork products.
On labeling, he added, pork importers, distributors and retailers that introduce the products should make clear the point of origin.
The farmers will take to the streets to protect against the government if their voices are not heeded, Hsu said. [FULL STORY]