Taiwan’s opposition party gains over 320,000 signatures for its pork petition

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) says it has collected more than 320,000 signatures in support of a referendum on whether Taiwan should import pork containing the leanness-enhancing additive ractopamine.

28 January 2021, at 10:18am

Reporting in the Taipei Times explains that the petition is in response to the government’s decision to greenlight pork imports from the United States that contain ractopamine. The feed additive has been banned in some jurisdictions on food safety fears.

A proposal floated by KMT legislator Lin Wei-chou would hold a referendum asking voters if they agree that the Taiwanese government should impose a complete ban on the importation of meat, offal and related products from pigs fed with ractopamine.

The KMT hopes to gain 500,000 signatures for the proposal before the Lunar New Year on 12 February.

The KMT has proposed other changes alongside the “anti-ractopamine pork” referendum, with one specifically seeking changes to rules scheduling referendums.

Read more about this story in the Taipei Times.