Friday, 3 February 2012

News Brief: Taiwan prepares to allow US beef imports

Food politics made the front-page main article of the Taipei Times today (full article here) as the Council of Agriculture is preparing to set tolerance levels for ractopamine residues in meat, thereby giving a green light to the import of US beef.

Although successive governments have promised to do this over the last half-decade, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party accused the KMT-led administration of poor timing for implementing changes immediately after winning the election.

Currently Taiwan has a zero tolerance for the growth-promoting chemical.

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