US pork, beef imports will lead to more trade opportunities: Premier

  • 18 September, 2020
  • Leslie Liao
Premier Su Tseng-chang giving a report to the legislature on Friday morning

Premier Su Tseng-chang says that Taiwan’s easing of import restrictions on US pork and beef will bring in more trade opportunities for the country. That came during a report Su gave to the Legislature on Friday morning.

In late August, President Tsai Ing-wen said that the government will lift restrictions on US beef and pork imports starting next year. This means that Taiwan will begin allowing imports of US pork containing ractopamine residue and US beef from cattle aged 30 months or older.

The move represents a reversal of the ruling DPP’s stance—the party was once opposed to imports of ractopamine-treated US pork. However, during his report, Su said that there were no international regulations on ractopamine before 2012. He said that on July 5, 2012, international food safety organization Codex Alimentarius outlined safe levels of ractopamine for human consumption. Three days after the report was released, the DPP announced that it would recognize and strictly enforce international standards.

Su said that Taiwan-US trade relations have potential, but restrictions on pork and beef imports have hampered progress. He said that President Tsai eased restrictions on US meat imports for the sake of trade benefits. 

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