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Taiwan To Inspect US Slaughterhouses

11 June 2010

TAIWAN & US - Taiwan, for the first time will conduct on-site inspections of US slaughterhouses that export beef to Taiwan, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Health.

Department of Health Minister, Yaung Chih-liang said that the move, scheduled for August or September, was to ensure that all US beef exports are adequately labelled as required by the country’s regulations.

“Five to 10 slaughterhouses or packing facilities in the US will be inspected by Taiwanese officials this time,” Mr Chih-liang said in response to questions on the latest US calls for Taiwan to accelerate its imports of US beef products.

In a meeting on the sidelines of the conference of APEC trade ministers in Sapporo, Japan, US officials told their Taiwanese counterparts that Washington would like to see Taipei speed up its examination procedures and customs clearance for US beef imports. The legislature revised laws late last year to ban imports of certain US beef products, including skulls, brains, eyes and internal organs.

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