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Taiwan Unhappy Over US Beef Imports

28 October 2009

TAIWAN - After last weeks announcement that Taiwan would lift a partial ban on US beef, to import US bone-in-beef, Taiwan citizens are in uproar.

Over 200 stores and restaurants in Taipei City have signed a petition for an alliance to reject sales of US beef offal, ground beef and spinal cords or their use as ingredients, over health concerns, reports China Daily.

Should these stores wish, they will be able to display an alliance badge in their store to indicate that they do not supply or use these US products. If found to be selling or using these products they would be stripped of all certificates and fined in accordance with the Consumers Protection Law, a government official told China Daily.

Stores and restaurants that do not join the alliance will be checked randomly and required to indicate on their packaging or menus, country of origin of their beef.

Taipai Mayor, Hau Lung-pin has said that opening the market does not mean that the government will push sales. He supports the boycott drive as he feels responsible for overseeing the health of city residents, based on professional knowledge that he learned as a student and professor of food science and nutrition.

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