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Public concerns behind legislature's beef move: president

Public concerns behind legislature's beef move: president

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that concerns among the public about the safety of U.S. beef products forced the legislature to pass an amendment that bans certain U.S.
beef products from import into Taiwan.
Ma also conceded at a press conference at the Presidential Office that the government had failed to fully and properly communicate with the public to address their concerns.
Shunning questions over who should step down to take responsibility for the inept government reaction, Ma said the government first needs to solve the problems affecting U.S.-Taiwan relations.
The legislature earlier in the day passed a controversial amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation that will effectively bar U.S. ground beef, beef offal and other beef parts such as skulls, eyes and intestines from Taiwan.
Under the amendment, imports of specific beef products from countries with documented cases of mad cow disease cases over the past decade will not be allowed.
The U.S. reported its first case of mad cow disease in 2003.
(By Alex Jiang)




Updated : 2021-10-16 10:29 GMT+08:00