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Consensus at legislature: No ground beef or beef offal from U.S.

Consensus at legislature: No ground beef or beef offal from U.S.

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) After several rounds of confrontation, legislators of the ruling Kuomintang and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party reached consensus Tuesday that no ground beef or bovine offal from the United States will be allowed to enter Taiwan.
The DPP legislative caucus accepted a revised KMT motion to write into law that hazardous substances, including cattle skulls, brains, eyes, spinal cords, intestines, ground beef and other related beef products from areas in which mad cow disease has been reported in the past 10 years are banned from being imported.
Negotiations on a revision to the Act Governing Food Sanitation regarding beef imports from the U.S. had a turbulent start Tuesday as the KMT caucus -- which has a majority advantage -- was ready for a showdown, while the DPP blocked the rostrum.
With the whole morning wasted in the confrontation, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng invited members of the KMT and DPP caucuses to negotiate. A consensus was finally reached in the afternoon after two hours of discussions with the participation of DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.
As the DPP gave way to a KMT proposal on the issue while maintaining some reservations, Tsai said afterward that the DPP caucus had tried its best to protect the health of the public and that there are a great deal of follow-up work demanding the efforts of all parties.
The controversy over U.S. beef arose in early November when the Department of Health announced that the government had signed a protocol in Washington to open Taiwan's market to bone-in U.S. beef.
A supplementary resolution proposed by the KMT caucus that "in case of aroused international pressure, legislative caucuses and the administration should jointly face the consequences," was adopted.
Meanwhile, two DPP-proposed supplementary resolutions, on confining imported U.S. beef to products from cattle younger than 30 months and no bone-in beef before a referendum, will be top of the agenda when the legislature meets Jan. 5.
(By Chou Yung Chieh and Lillian Lin)




Updated : 2021-04-17 08:28 GMT+08:00