Taiwan blocks US pork containing rectopamine
The Taiwanese Department of Health (DOH) has blocked imports of over 24
metric tons of US pork found to contain a feed additive that is currently banned
United States and Japan, allow the growth-enhancing rectopamine to be used on
livestock, although Taiwan bans it. Cheng Hui-wen, head of the DOH Bureau of
Food Safety, assured that no US pork containing rectopamine had entered Taiwan,
dismissing allegations that the health authorities had tried to cover up the
results of drug tests on the imports.
Low residue levels
The two banned pork shipments were
detected to contain rectopamine residue of 0.15 mg/kg and 0.32 mg/kg,
respectively, on July 11 when they were awaiting customs clearance, Cheng said.
The shipments, weighing 1.3 and 23 metric tons respectively, were imported by
K&K Foods Inc., the official said. The US and Japanese standards for maximum
rectopamine residue is 50 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg, respectively, Cheng said. Cheng
stressed that even by the Japanese standard, the residue levels in the two
banned shipments were very low.
People First Party legislators Lin Hui-kuang, Liu
Wen-hsiung and Tsai Sheng-chia said the DOH should investigate immediately to
see whether any imported pork containing rectopamine had made its way to local
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