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Pork consumption rises in Taiwan
By Jonathan Chin, Taipei Times (Taiwan)
Feb 19, 2021
Pork consumption in Taiwan has increased by thousands of tonnes, while no shipment of US pork imports has tested positive for ractopamine, the Executive Yuan said yesterday.
Executive Yuan Secretary-General Li Meng-yen (李孟諺) relayed Premier Su Tseng-chang抯 (蘇貞昌) remarks at a Council of Agriculture policy briefing on the country抯 pig farming industry at a news conference in Taipei.
Su was cited as saying that the government did not find ractopamine in more than 400 shipments of foreign pork imports inspected this year.
Although critics have said that US pork imports would put pricing pressure on domestic pork, consumption of domestic pork this year had risen to 62,245 tonnes as of Tuesday, a 6,000-tonne increase from the same period last year, Su told the meeting.
Consumption of imported pork has remained stable at 6 percent so far this year from the same period last year, Su said...
Pork consumption largely unchanged despite lifting ractopamine ban: premier
By Yu Hsiang and Joseph Yeh, Focus Taiwan
Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) Taiwan's pork consumption, so far this year, has been largely unchanged from the same period of last year, despite the government's decision to allow imports of U.S. pork containing the feed additive ractopamine, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Thursday.
According to Su, total pork consumption from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16 this year was around 62,245 tonnes, compared with 59,278 tonnes in the same period last year.
There has also been no significant hike in pork prices in Taiwan as feared by some, Su said during an Executive Yuan meeting.
The premier said these statistics indicate Taiwanese continue to eat pork despite concerns raised by those who criticized the government's decision to allow imports of American pork containing ractopamine, suggesting many would switch to other kinds of meat.
Su also said...