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American Meat Institute Registers Strong Disappointment About Taiwan Legislature's Efforts to Reinstate Ban on Some U.S. Beef Products

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

 Washington, D.C. – The American Meat Institute (AMI) today registered strong disappointment about the Taiwan legislature’s actions to reinstate a ban on some U.S. beef products.

“In taking this action, the government of Taiwan clearly is failing to live up to its obligations under the bilateral agreement between our governments to expand beef trade,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle.  “U.S. beef is among the safest anywhere and data show a record of sustained food safety progress.  There is simply no scientific basis for Taiwan’s action and at this point, we must question the seriousness of their commitment to being a true trade partner.”

According to Boyle, the U.S. has implemented a set of measures, regulations and practices that are science-based and consistent with the guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for minimizing the risk posed by BSE.

“In the United States, we take our trade agreements seriously.  We have met our obligations,” Boyle said.  “It is time for the government of Taiwan to maintain trade policies that are based upon the facts surrounding U.S. beef safety and consistent with its WTO obligations.”



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