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Taiwan's DOH Rules Out Imports Of Beef With bones

29 June 2007

TAIWAN - A Department of Health (DOH) official said Thursday that without expert evaluation and approval, Taiwan will not import beef with bones from any country at present.

Cheng Hui-wen, director of the DOH Bureau of Food Sanitation, said the department decided recently to reopen Taiwan to imports of Canadian boneless beef from cattle under 30 months of age after prudent and scientific evaluation, but will not open Taiwan's doors to beef with bones from any country, including Canada or the United States

Cheng made the remarks in response to a United Daily News report earlier that same day that the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) listed Taiwan May 28 as a country where the threat of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) , or mad cow disease, is "under effective control" just like the U.S. and Canada.

The report has caused officials from the Council of Agriculture (COA) to worry that the U.S. and Canada might request Taiwan to open its doors to U.S. or Canadian beef with bones from cattle aged over 30 months on the grounds that Taiwan is at the same status as the U.S. and Canada in terms of mad cow disease control.

COA officials are worried that imports of beef with bones from cattle aged over 30 months could pose a threat to Taiwan's quarantine defense.

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