Premier confident Taiwan, U.S. can resolve pork issues
Central News Agency
2014-07-30 10:40 PM
Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Wednesday he is confident that Taiwan and United States can work out their differences on the issue of pork imports containing the drug ractopamine. Jiang raised the matter at a meeting with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, saying that he knows some elected representatives in the U.S. are concerned about Taiwan's ban on pork containing residues of the livestock leanness enhancing drug. Members of a delegation from Taiwan's Council of Agriculture addressed the matter when they were in the U.S., Jiang said, adding that he believes "any similar issues eventually will be resolved." Taiwan maintains a strict ban on imports of pork that contain ractopamine, no matter where the meat is produced, and the government has promised pig farmers that the restriction will not be lifted. However, high ranking executives of the United States Chamber of Commerce have been pushing for a change of policy on the issue, hinting that inflexibility on Taiwan's part could stall progress on a proposed bilateral investment agreement. (By Tang Pei-chu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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