Taiwan’s FDA to lift ban on beef imports from three countries

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration announced Monday Taiwan will lift the ban on Japanese beef as soon as September this year. (photo from Flickr by

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday Taiwan will lift the ban on beef import from three countries including Japan as soon as September this year.

The news has been welcomed by many upscale restaurants in Taiwan where Wagyu beef is a regular ingredient in their dishes.   

Import of Dutch, Sweden and Japanese beefs into Taiwan has been banned since 2003, but the FDA said the ban on the beef products from the three countries will be lifted, and the removal of the embargo can take effect as soon as September.   

In the past 14 years, most restaurants in Taiwan whose recommended specialty is Wagyu beef mostly use Australian Wagyu beef.

Leofoo Tourism Group said some of the restaurants in the group use American Wagyu beef, but to many gourmets, the best Wagyu beef comes from Japan.  

Ambassador Hotel, which owns “A Cut” steak restaurant, said Japanese Wagyu beef is world famous for its quality and is usually steak gourmets' first choice. The hotel said it could import top-class Wagyu beef from Japan in the future after the ban is lifted.