TFDA clears doubt over Canadian bone-in beef
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-20 04:36 PM
DPP legislator Liu Chien-kuo has raised doubt over the Canadian bone-in beef and demanded a risk reassessment on its import. In a press conference held at the Legislative Yuan Thursday, Liu cited a plant inspection report released by Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), saying that a beef packing plant once suspended by the Canadian health authority is still on TFDA’s official list permitting it to export to Taiwan.

Liu urged the government not to allow the import of Canadian bone-in beef and other beef products at the expense of public health. The TFDA official, Fang Shao-wei, who also attended the conference explained that the products of the plant in question did not enter Taiwan Market at the time of being suspended. The plant soon resumed operation according to Canadian law after submitting an improvement plan with corrective actions in place and was then listed as one of the eligible suppliers by Taiwan's health authorities.

Fang stressed that the government has performed four inspection rounds on plants and eight meetings of expert reviews before expanding market access for Canadian bone-in beef.

The TFDA announced on February 10 that Taiwan is soon to open its market to Canadian bone-in beef products which will be subject to the same restrictions as the U.S. beef products.

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