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Yaung warns Ma against drastic action on beef issue

Other draft amendments devised by opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Wu Ping-jui and ruling Kuomintang lawmakers Huang Chao-hsun and Chen Ju-fen ask for zero-tolerance for such materials in imported meat products.

In response, Lin Yi-shih, secretary-general of the Executive Yuan, said that the Cabinet fully respects the right of lawmakers to raise draft amendments and that he will ask related Cabinet ministries to communicate with lawmakers to find optimal solutions to the controversial issue.

Ractopamine-containing Steak Products Sold on TV Channel

Also yesterday, the Taipei City Government's Department of Health noted that large-sized steak products sold by MoMo Shopping TV were found to have contained ractopamine. The beef was sourced from Shuh Sen Co., a local importer, processor and distributor of various beef, pork, chicken and mutton products.

Health officials said that Shuh Sen imported 249 kilograms of U.S. beef products in early October last year, and then sold 240 kg to Mei Chi Food Co., and 7.48 kg to the offices of the American Institute in Taiwan. Chi Mei, in turn, sold 80 kg to MoMo Shopping TV for sale to consumers, and another 106 kg to shopping malls and restaurants in New Taipei City, with the remaining 54 kg stored at a warehouse in Keelung.

The Taipei health department reported it has already informed its Keelung counterpart to make spot examinations on the beef products stored at the warehouse to see if the importer has violated food sanitation rules and regulations.

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Members of an anti-U.S beef imports alliance gather in front of the Council of Agriculture in Taipei, yesterday, holding posters and banners in a show of their strong opposition to easing the ban on importing beef products from animals fed ractopamine from the U.S.

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