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US pork producers will not have to include ractopamine label on exports to Taiwan

Taiwan’s Premier says that US companies will not be forced to label pork produced with ractopamine as import restrictions lift.

1 December 2020, at 8:47am

According to reporting from Radio Taiwan International, Premier Su Tseng-chang has said that Taiwan should prioritise market access with its trade partners as trade negotiations with the United States continue. He fears that additional labelling would be viewed as a trade barrier.

Taiwan will greenlight imports of US pork containing the additive ractopamine from 1 January 2021. Su said that all 11 members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) allow pork with the additive, including South Korea and Japan. Su stressed that Taiwan cannot afford to erect market barriers.

He did announce a plan for government inspections of imported pork to ensure that ractopamine levels were within global standards.

Read the full story on Radio Taiwan International.