No ractopamine found in first batch of American pork imports to Taiwan

Ractopamine pork continues to grab nation's attention for food safety reasons


By Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News



TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — No ractopamine has been detected in the first batch of American pork imports since the relaxation of such imports took effect on New Year’s Day.


Between Jan. 1 and 8, Taiwan imported a total of 96.19 tons of pork and offal from the U.S., according to the “Pork Dashboard.” The data also suggests that the imports account for but a small proportion of fresh pork available in Taiwan, with pork and organ meats making up 3 and 2 percent, respectively.


Launched on Jan. 4, the dashboard discloses information about the countries of origin for pork in Taiwan amid public concern over meat containing the leanness-enhancing feed additive ractopamine, which is widely used in the U.S. Other countries on the list of pork exporters to Taiwan include Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.


Opposing the government’s move to introduce ractopamine-laden meat, opposition party the KMT is pushing ahead...


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