By: Rita Cheng, Chen Cheng-wei and Lilian Wu
Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Food safety and the rights of farmers will be major considerations
in taking part in international trade deals, Taiwan said in response to a U.S. report that urged the country to fully open its market to U.S. beef and pork.
The National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, issued Friday by the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office, said the U.S. will continue to urge Taiwan to open its market fully to U.S. beef and pork based on science, World Organization for Animal Health guidelines and the U.S.’s negligible risk status.
Taiwan has been resistant to allowing imports of U.S. beef and pork that contain traces of the leanness-enhancing veterinary drug ractopamine because of potential health hazards. [FULL STORY]