Pork import debate about health, not politics: Chiang

ACCOUNTABILITY: Lawmakers should vote this week on the executive order easing an import ban according to public opinion, not their own interests, the KMT head said

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 21, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang gestures during a talk in Hualien County yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The importation of pork containing the feed additive ractopamine is not about politics, and legislators will be held accountable by the public and by history when they vote on the executive order covering the lifting of the ban on such imports, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday.

Pork products with traces of ractopamine and food safety are “public issues, not political issues,” Chiang said on the sidelines of an event in Hualien County after reporters asked him if the KMT had planned any strategies on handling the vote planned for this week in the Legislative Yuan.

Public opposition to the government’s decision to allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine residue has remained strong since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Aug. 28 that the government would ease the ban, he said.

People’s health should not be used as a bargaining chip, he added.   [FULL  STORY]

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