Taiwan: ractopamine in pork from Canada
A Taiwanese Department of Health (DOH) official stated recently that
traces of ractopamine have been found recently in some imported frozen pig
kidneys from Canada.
An official at the DOH, responsible for food safety, Feng Jun-Ian stated that
450 kg of imported kidneys from a food company in Taichung City were found to
contain 0.49 parts per billion (ppb) of ractopamine following a test on
September 19. None of the kidneys had entered the local market.
Ractopamine, which is banned in Taiwan, is legal in
the US and some other countries in order to promote the growth of lean meat in
Feng stated further that Canada is Taiwan's largest
source of offal - with 17 million tonnes being imported on a yearly basis.
Pangs of transition
Incidents like this are attributed to
the pangs of transition as Taiwan attempts to move towards establishing a
better-regulated food safety system.
â€¢ Taiwan Department of
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