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DOH not to open further to U.S. beef

DOH not to open further to U.S. beef

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) Department of Health (DOH) Minister Yaung Chih-liang reaffirmed Friday that he will abide by the law and will not open Taiwan's market further to U.S. beef products.
Yaung was responding to wire service reports that the U.S. Senate passed a resolution a day earlier urging China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico and Vietnam to follow international guidelines and provide full market access to all U.S. beef products.
"Taiwan's people still have misgivings about U.S. beef, and the DOH will make its policy based on public views as well as the law passed by the legislature," Yaung said.
He was referring to an amendment to the Act Governing Food Safety, passed in January, that would ban imports of specific beef products from countries with documented mad cow disease cases over the past decade.
The amendment effectively barred U.S. ground beef, beef offal and other beef parts such as the skull, eyes and intestines from access to Taiwan's market, in contravention of a bilateral beef trade protocol signed by the two countries in October.
The protocol allowed the entry of bone-in beef and other beef products including ground beef and offal, that had previously been banned out of concern over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.
(By Chen Ching-fang and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-04-11 03:13 GMT+08:00