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· Directives on pork imports head to legislative cross-party negotiations
· COA urges KMT to remove video about ractopamine
Directives on pork imports head to legislative cross-party negotiations
By Lin Yu-hsuan, Kuo Chien-shen and Chiang Yi-ching, Focus Taiwan
Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Eight administrative directives related to the government's decision to ease restrictions on beef and pork imports will proceed from the legislative committee stage to the cross-party negotiation process, the relevant committees said Thursday.
The committees, which began reviewing the directives in late September, said that their members have failed to reach a consensus on whether to reject the directives or proceed directly to a floor vote, which is why cross-party negotiation is needed.
Under Taiwan's laws, legislators cannot change the wording of the directives and must vote to either approve or veto them. They can, however, present proposals to be voted on alongside the directives.
So far, 102 proposals related to the administrative directives have been proposed, and they will be discussed during the month-long cross-party negotiations, Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Thursday.
The eight administrative directives, all put forth by the Ministry of Health and Welfare to change Taiwan's existing regulations on imports of beef and pork, were sent to the Legislature for review in September.
They were announced shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Aug. 28 that Taiwan would open up to imports of U.S. beef from cattle over 30 months old and imported pork with acceptable levels of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.
The change, which is expected to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, is widely viewed as an effort by the government to satisfy U.S. prerequisites for any negotiations on a bilateral trade deal.
The eight administrative directives concern standards for residues of veterinary drugs, labeling of the origin of packaged pork products, labeling of the origin of pork sold to food suppliers, and quarantine and examination procedures for imported beef.
Also included are regulations pertaining to imports of beef and beef products from the U.S. and Canada and the termination of existing regulations related to bulk food products.
If the legislative caucuses fail to reach a consensus...
COA urges KMT to remove video about ractopamine
By Dennis Xie, Taipei Times (Taiwan)
Nov 13, 2020
The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to remove a video it posted on Facebook on Tuesday, saying that it might be spreading false information by claiming that pigs given ractopamine experience physical and emotional pain.
The KMT is using the video, which shows pigs shivering and in apparent pain, as part of its attacks on the government’s decision to lift an import ban on pork containing the leanness-enhancing drug, COA Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) said ahead of a budget review at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.
The video was made by the US-based Animal Outlook group and released by the organization to protest inhumane killings of hogs at slaughterhouses, Chen said, adding that ractopamine was not mentioned in the original video.
The KMT added Chinese narration that is inconsistent with the images, making the video “100 percent falsified and 100 percent inaccurate,” he said.
The KMT’s video said that “it is a slaughterhouse of pigs fed with the leanness-enhancing drug,” “ractopamine incites mood swings in pigs” and “pigs fed with the additive would get sick, let alone humans.”
The video allegedly constitutes spreading misinformation and generating a sense of public fear as the KMT attempts to mislead people by linking the drug to hog abuse, Chen said.
If the KMT does not remove the video, the council...