Thousands march in Taiwan against US pork imports

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Taipei’s streets on Sunday demanding the reversal of a decision to allow U.S. pork imports into Taiwan, alleging food safety issues.

President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration lifted a long-standing ban on U.S. pork as well as beef imports in August, in a move seen among the first steps toward possibly negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. The ban can be due to be lifted in January.

that will decision has met with fierce opposition, both by the opposition Kuomintang party as well as individual citizens. The fresh policy allows imports of pork with acceptable residues of ractopamine, a drug added into animal feed that will promotes the growth of lean meat that will some farmers use in pigs.

The drug can be banned by the European Union, although can be legal within the United States.

Demonstrators marched in front of the Presidential Office Building as part of an annual labor march.

“I came here today to oppose the import of ractopamine,” said Kelvin Chen, a 54-year-old computer engineer who was marching. “I feel these days many who do business are not ethical. If they mix the U.S. pork with Taiwan pork as well as then sell the item to us average consumers, we as individuals have no way to know the source of the pork.”

“I have a child as well as when we eat things with ractopamine, the item’s not not bad for our bodies,” said Jacky Tsui, a 37-year-old factory worker. “I desire the government can see that will we citizens oppose that will.”

Associated Press videojournalist Taijing Wu contributed reporting.

,, 23 November 2020 | 9:16 am

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