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Canada lauds Taiwan move to import its beef

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Canada yesterday welcomed Taiwan's plan to further liberate its ban on some Canadian beef products to allow bone-in beef imports, the de facto Canadian embassy in Taiwan said yesterday.

"This announcement reflects the strong economic ties between Taiwan and Canada, and demonstrates clearly Taiwan's desire to further liberalize their economy and further integrate into the broader regional and global economy," the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) said yesterday in a statement.

The office represents Canada in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

The CTOT statement came after the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced earlier yesterday that Taiwan will soon allow imports of Canadian bone-in beef and other meat products from cattle under 30 months of age.

The new market-opening measure will take effect as soon as administrative procedures are completed, the ministry said.

The CTOT statement quoted its Executive Director Kathleen Mackay as saying that this new liberation "will benefit an important part of the Canadian economy, namely agricultural exports, while also benefiting the Taiwanese consumer through greater choice."

"Canadian beef, as has been recognized globally, is both of very high quality and safe. The Canadian food safety regime is among the world's best, and guarantees that Canadian agricultural products are a healthy and safe choice for the Taiwanese consumer," Mackay said in the statement.

"We look forward to continuing close cooperation with Taiwan to enhance and deepen our trading relationship," she said.

After Canada's first outbreak of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, in 2003, Taiwan imposed a ban on beef from the country, but reopened its market to imports of boneless beef in 2007.

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