Almost all beef products show national origin: Chen
CNATAIPEI--Some 99.8 percent of the beef products in Taiwan are clearly labeled with their country of origin, as required by law, Premier Sean Chen said yesterday.
January 4, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Chen said Department of Health officials have inspected retail outlets and restaurants and given noncompliant businesses a deadline to get in-line with the labeling regulation.
The regulation was introduced in September last year with regard to domestic and imported beef, after Taiwan lifted a ban on U.S. beef products containing traces of ractopamine to allow a maximum 10 parts per billion of the leanness-enhancing livestock drug.
Chen said Taiwan should continue to adhere strictly to the labeling rule, which was intended to allow consumers to decide for themselves whether to buy U.S. beef.
By so doing, Taiwan may be able to go a step further and ask the United States to establish a traceability system for specific products, including additives in food and animal feed, the premier said. The U.S. currently does not have a comprehensive traceability system, he noted.