Premier: Imported pork to be subject to rigorous inspections

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 04 January, 2021
By: John Van Trieste

Premier Su Tseng-chang (center) oversees inspection work at the Port of Taipei on Monday. (Photo Courtesy Executive Yuan)

Premier Su Tseng-chang says that all imported pork will now be subject to rigorous inspections by multiple government agencies. That’s as Taiwan begins allowing in US pork containing the additive ractopamine.

The move to allow the import of ractopamine-treated pork has removed a major stumbling block in US-Taiwan trade ties. However, it has proved controversial, with many in Taiwan concerned about the additive’s safety for human consumption.

On Monday, Su led a delegation of Cabinet ministers to the Port of Taipei to get an overview of the toughened inspection process for imported pork.

Pork importers will need to submit applications to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine and the Food and Drug Administration.   [FULL  STORY]

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