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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...

9 favorite Lunar New Year dishes in Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — There are lots of traditions being followed across Taiwan this Lunar New Year, but perhaps the most popular and important of those is feasting. This is the festival ...

China’s new ban on Taiwan pork has actually been in place since 2014

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Executive Yuan Secretary-General Li Meng-yen (李孟諺) on Thursday (Jan. 28) criticized China's Taiwan Affairs Office’s announcement that it was banning Taiwa...

China bans meat produced in or transferred from Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s opening to imports of U.S. pork containing ractopamine since the beginning of this year has swung China’s policy on Taiwan’s meat products towar...

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...

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's central government bats down local bans on US pork

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Local governments cannot draw up their own limits on the ractopamine content of pork and beef, as these would clash with national executive orders allowing the import of m...

A New Year's Taiwan wish list for President Biden: William Stanton

With only a few weeks to go before Joseph Biden becomes president of the United States, Taiwan’s American friends need to press hard for the policies we want to see the new administration pursue...

Labeling imported pork as Taiwanese to be punishable by up to NT$4 million fine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — False claims about imported pork being Taiwanese could result in fines of up to NT$4 million (US$143,000), the Council of Agriculture (COA) minister said Saturday (Dec. 26...

Taiwan president defends ending ban on US pork after months-long feud

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday (Dec. 24) defended her decision four months ago to lift the ban on U.S. pork products starting next year, a change that sparked an...

American Institute in Taiwan dismisses safety concerns over US pork

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to the opposition in Taiwan to U.S. pork imports containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Monday (Dec. 21)...

US congressmen call for name change to Taiwan's representative office

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Seventy-eight lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday (Dec. 17) sent a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling for the Taipei Eco...

Taichung mayor chews out AIT director over US pork imports to Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The mayor of Taichung caused a diplomatic incident on Wednesday (Dec. 16) when she publicly lectured the de facto American ambassador to Taiwan over U.S. pork imports cont...

Taiwanese doctor could face prison time for spreading rumors about ractopamine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Clinical psychiatrist Su Wei-shuo (蘇偉碩) is facing a possible prison term of up to three years for making erroneous comments about pork imports containing ractopamine. T...

Taiwan cannot legally require ractopamine-free labels for pork: Minister

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Minister without portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) said Monday (Dec. 14) that Taiwan would have to present scientific evidence proving the health risk of ractopamine before it leg...