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Decision on upcoming referendums expected soon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) is holding a meeting Thursday afternoon (July 2) to decide whether to proceed with the four referendums scheduled for Aug....

Fate of KMT-led referendum up in air

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kuomintang Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said that the decision of whether to postpone its referendum planned for August 28 must be communicated to the public very clearly ...

Four Taiwan referendums get green light for August

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Referendums on pork imports, reef protection, and referendum scheduling were approved by Taiwan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday (May 14). Each refer...

US concerned over Taiwan’s mandatory origin labeling for pork

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has expressed concern over Taiwan’s policy to require country of origin labeling (COOL) for pork products amid the...

African swine fever in Malaysia triggers higher fines in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The discovery of African swine fever in Malaysia will cause Taiwan to hike its fines on people bringing in pork from the country to NT$200,000 (US$7,000) from NT$30,000, o...

Taiwan's KMT collects enough signatures for referendums to progress

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Kuomintang (KMT) said on Saturday (Feb. 20) that it has collected about 600,000 signatures for each of its two proposed referendums— on ractopamine pork and refe...

Taiwan's pork consumption rises despite ractopamine fears

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Predictions that the consumption of pork would fall after the lifting of the ban on ractopamine-treated pork imports from the United States on Jan. 1 have proved unfounded...

Ractopamine spells trouble for DPP

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan's "ractopamine pig" issue "has triggered a political storm," according to a South China Morning Post story on Friday (Jan. 12). The issue...

Just over half of Taiwanese satisfied with president's performance

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The approval rating for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has fallen slightly this month but is still above 50 percent, according to a poll released on Tuesday (Jan. 26). Th...

No ractopamine found in first batch of American pork imports to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — No ractopamine has been detected in the first batch of American pork imports since the relaxation of such imports took effect on New Year’s Day. Between Jan. 1 an...

Map for eateries using Taiwanese pork goes live

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An online map indicating certified restaurants serving pork produced in Taiwan has been made available as the country grapples with undiminished public concern about the s...

Taiwan launches 'Pork Dashboard' to track pork imports from US

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan officially began allowing imports of American pork on Jan. 1, the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Monday (Jan. 4) released its "Pork Dashboard" to info...

Taiwan officials vow to crack down on pork-related price gouging

Taiwanese government officials on Saturday vowed to deal firmly with anyone caught artificially inflating the price of pork, following reports that vendors were raising prices amid concerns about a ne...

US looks to boost Taiwan economic ties after it lifts import barriers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. applauded Taiwan’s decision to further open its market and allow the import of American beef and pork products, which took effect on Friday (Jan. 1) despite...

President strikes optimistic tone in New Year’s address to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) struck an optimistic tone in her televised New Year's address on Friday (Jan. 1), thanking Taiwanese for their efforts to ensure that life...