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April 29, 2017

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Ractopamine-tainted ham not put on shelves: Costco

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday that 600 kilograms of ham imported by Costco Taiwan (好市多) from the U.S. tested positive for ractopamine (萊克多巴胺); in response, the company said that it has requested its suppliers to provide products that are in compliance with Taiwan's laws and the ham in question was not put on shelves.

The ham was confiscated by customs officers and will either be returned to the U.S. or destroyed.

The deputy chief of the FDA said that although Taiwan hasn't lifted its restrictions against U.S. pork, non-ractopamine-containing ham as a processed food can be imported into the island.

Costco Taiwan explained that the ham was found to contain 1.8ppb of ractopamine, adding that it has contacted the supplier and requested that all imported products be in compliance with the nation's regulations.

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