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Pork, beef imported from U.S., Canada blocked for banned substance

2011/04/12 23:19:20

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) The Department of Health (DOH) announcedTuesday that shipments of pork and beef imported from the UnitedStates and Canada had been found to contain a leanness promoter andblocked from entering Taiwan.

The DOH said the 16,002.9 kg of imported frozen pork cheeks,23,592 kg of frozen boneless beef flank from the United States,and 24,620 kg of frozen pork skin from Canada were found to containresidue of ractopamine, a feed additive banned in Taiwan.

This came as a U.S. official said earlier in the day that thelingering beef dispute has affected U.S.-Taiwan free trade talks.

Kang Jaw-jou, director-general of the DOH's Food and DrugAdministration, said that the United States has asked Taiwan to liftits ban on ractopamine.

"But the Council of Agriculture has to assess the lifting of theractopamine ban, and the DOH has to formulate new standard, " Kangsaid.

"At present, neither imported beef nor locally produced meatproducts are allowed to have residue of the substance," Kang said.

(By Chen Ching-feng and Lilian Wu)