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U.S. beef byproduct imports not related to TPP: minister

U.S. beef byproduct imports not related to TPP: minister

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Economic Affairs Minister John Deng (???) stated Sunday that the government's plans to allow imports of U.S. beef byproducts is not designed to be a bargaining chip to secure Taiwan's participation in the proposed U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional trade agreement. A statement regarding the issue will be released to the public shortly after the respective governing bodies have completed the administrative process, Deng told CNA. Deng said the government will continue to seek opinions on beef byproduct imports, and pledged that the topic of the importation of U.S. pork products containing leanness-enhancing agents has been excluded. He added that experts at the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have upgraded the organization's classification for the U.S. beef industry to "negligible risk" status, and that imports of U.S. beef byproducts have been approved by Japan and South Korea. Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare has also completed its evaluation of the risk of U.S. beef byproducts, he added. On the TPP, Deng said that he fully expressed Taiwan's intent to trade organizations and government departments during a recent visit he made to the U.S. He declined to elaborate further. (By Yang Su-min and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-24 22:24 GMT+08:00