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Taiwan to allow beef imports containing ractopamine in September

2012/08/15 17:36:40

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Taiwan announced Wednesday a preview of official notice of allowable levels of ractopamine in beef imports and on requirements for labeling of product origin, which could open the country's doors to imported beef containing the leanness-enhancing drug next month at the earliest.

The new regulations are expected to take effect by mid-September, said Kang Jaw-jou, director-general of the Department of Health's Food and Drug Administration, at a news conference.

Kang said the department has capped the maximum residue limits for ractopamine at 10 parts per billion (ppb).

The announcement of new regulations came after the Legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation in late July that opened Taiwan's doors to imports of beef containing traces of ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing drug used in animal feed.

(By Elaine Hou)