Taiwan announced Wednesday forthcoming notice of allowable levels of ractopamine in beef imports and origin labeling requirements, the country’s CNA national news service reported.
The new regulations would take effect by mid-September.
During the interim the public can make comments on the measures, Kang Jaw-jou, director-general of the Department of Health's Food and Drug Administration, is quoted as saying at a news conference.
The department has capped the maximum residue limit for ractopamine in beef at 10 parts per billion, he said, adding "the chances are slim" that the government would re-evaluate the standard.
The rules require restaurants to label the origin of the beef they use and prescribe fines for violations.
The government also will continue border inspections on every shipment of beef imported into Taiwan to ensure food safety, Kang said.
Taiwan’s new ractopamine standards resulted from talks with Washington, which viewed the ban as a trade barrier and a potential sticking point in bilateral talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
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