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Legislators to visit U.S. to discuss beef exports

Legislators to visit U.S. to discuss beef exports

A group of Taiwan legislators are scheduled to visit the United States in mid-July mainly to gain a better understanding of U.S. beef exports to Taiwan, beef packaging and related processing facilities, a diplomatic source said Thursday.The legislators from across Taiwan's political spectrum are slated to visit Washington, D.C. July 19-21 where they will meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to exchange views on U.S. beef exports to Taiwan, said David Ta-wei Lee, Taiwan's representative in the United States, during a regular news conference held at the Twin Oaks estate.
U.S. beef is popular in Taiwan, but after the discovery of a single case of mad cow disease in Washington State in December 2003, Taiwan banned imports of U.S. beef and related produce.
The ban was lifted in April 2005 but then re-imposed three months later due to the discovery of a second case of mad cow disease in the United States.
Following the lead of some other Asian countries, Taiwan's Department of Health quietly lifted the ban again Jan. 25, 2006. The move drew strong criticism as it came after Japan halted U.S. beef imports again in mid-December in the wake of the discovery of banned spinal bones in a shipment of American veal.
According to the DOH regulations, only trade in U.S. boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age has been resumed.
Noises over the resumption of U.S. beef imports have persisted, prompting the legislators to decide to make an inspection tour of the United States.
Lee did not elaborate on whether the Taiwan lawmakers will pay a visit to any packaging or packaged beef processing facilities of Tyson Foods - the world's largest red meat supplier and the major exporter of beef to Japan and Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-10-20 06:15 GMT+08:00