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U.S. ground beef and offal won't show up on Taiwan markets: premier

U.S. ground beef and offal won't show up on Taiwan markets: premier

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) Premier Wu Den-yih said Thursday that U. S.
beef offal and ground beef will not appear in Taiwan's markets, despite the government's decision last week to open its door wider to U.S. beef products.
According to Executive Yuan spokesperson Su Jun-pin, Premier Wu asked DOH Bureau of Food Safety at a Cabinet meeting Thursday to assist U.S. beef importers to form an association as a second tier regulator to enhance supervision and control of the beef imports.
Su also quoted Wu saying that the issue regarding U.S. beef imports is not necessarily about just health risks or food safety, it is all about consumer concerns, so the government needs to face it seriously.
However, Wu said the government has no plans to resume talks with the United States on beef imports for now, Su added.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang said that the government will immediately stop U.S. beef imports if even just one case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) , or mad cow disease, is found in Taiwan.
Yaung made the remarks while responding to a question by ruling Kuomingtang (KMT) legislator at a legislative committee meeting.
Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang meanwhile also clarified at the legislative meeting that during talks with the U.S.
on beef imports, there were no other terms or conditions attached to the deal.
The Cabinet-level DOH announced on Oct. 23 that Taiwan would expand market access for U.S. beef after officials of the two countries clinched an accord the previous day in Washington, D.C., to lift a ban.
Under the terms of the new accord, U.S. bone-in beef, ground beef, intestines, brains, spinal cords and processed beef from cattle younger than 30 months that have not been contaminated with "specific risk materials" will be allowed to enter Taiwan starting Nov. 10.
At present, Taiwan only allows imports of U.S. boneless beef from cattle younger than 30 months that contain no such risky materials.
(By Lee Ming-chung, Kelven Huang and Fanny Liu)




Updated : 2021-07-31 20:30 GMT+08:00