Taiwan premier defends US pork imports as key to global trade



Matthew Strong | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a special address to the Legislative Yuan Friday (Sept. 18), Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) defended the government’s decision to end an import ban on pork containing ractopamine residues as opening the door to international trade.

Last month, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced the ban on pork treated with the leanness drug would end on Jan. 1. The measure had long been seen as an obstacle to the signing of a bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with the United States.

Su noted in his presentation that his government would take all the necessary food safety measures, including strict regulations on labeling, CNA reported. He said now was the crucial moment for Taiwan to open the doors of international trade, so it was necessary to take a brave step forward.

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