Taiwanese people want to make sure that their children’s school lunches only contain meat from pigs and chicken raised in Taiwan. That’s after President Tsai Ing-wen announced in August that Taiwan will lift restrictions on US pork and beef imports starting next year.
Beginning January 1, 2021, Taiwan will allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine and US beef from cattle that are 30 months old or older. Taiwanese parents are not happy about the change in policy, largely because of concerns about the possible health effects of ractopamine on their children.
For this reason, the central government has decided to make a rule that school lunches may only contain poultry and pork from chicken and pigs raised in Taiwan.
There are other new rules, too. Vegetables in school lunches must be organic. And genetically modified ingredients will not be allowed.
The Council of Agriculture says that while food companies won’t be required to label the origin of their ingredients, only domestic produce will be allowed in school lunches.