April 7, 2021
USTR concerned over Taiwan policy to require country of origin labeling for pork
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is concerned over Taiwan's policy to require country of origin labeling for pork following the ractopamine controversy in Taiwan, Taiwan News reported.
The USTR said in a 2021 report on foreign trade barriers that Taiwan's labeling measure effective this year implies that US pork with ractomapine has food safety issues, and that it deters US pork purchases by Taiwan processed pork products producers.
The USTR also voiced concerns over Taiwan's methods to detect ractopamine residue as it could produce inaccurate results, because it not in line with the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).
In the report, the USTR called for the formation of a maximum residue limits mechanism in Taiwan that is aligned with international standards.
Last year, Taiwan's Tsai administration announced the relaxation of American pork imports, which was seen as the beginning of US-Taiwan trade negotiations. The measure created controversy, resulting in a backlash and debate about US pork products containing ractopamine and how the imports affect domestic swine farms.
Following the controversy, the Taiwan government introduced country of origin labelling and launched a logo certifying Taiwan pork.
- Taiwan News