Jul 26, 2017GeneralComments Off on Pig farmers firm on maintaining US pork ban
Taiwan's pig farmers are doubling down on their opposition to pork imports from the US.
Taiwan bans the import US pork because it contains the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine. The United States has been pushing Taiwan to lift the ban. Taiwan has so far resisted this pressure. A proposal to lift the ban last year drew a strong backlash from both pig farmers and the public.
On Wednesday, as Taiwan and the US begin a new round of trade talks, head of Taiwan's pig farmer association Chang Chin-sheng reiterated pig farmers' support for the ban on US pork. He said the government must keep a promise it has made to strictly screen any pork imports.
Chang said that the pig farmer association's position on pork imports is not limited to pork from the US. He said it also applies to pork from all countries where ractopamine is used, including Canada. Chang said his association will continue opposing pork imports from these countries unless the government finds scientific proof that additives in pork are safe for human consumption.