Legislature to hold 2nd public hearing before reviewing pork policy

Taipei,  A second public hearing on Taiwan’s new pork importation policy will be held in the Legislature before it moves on to reviewing the nine administrative directives related to the government’s recent decision to lift restrictions on the import of American beef and pork products.

The nine directives were put forth by various government departments after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Aug. 28 that Taiwan would allow imports of beef from cattle over 30 months old and set standards for acceptable levels of ractopamine residue in imported pork, with effect from next year.

A joint meeting of the five legislative committees tasked with reviewing the directives got off to a rocky start Wednesday, as ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) tried to open with a briefing by Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲).

In response, members of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) protested that they were being denied speaking privileges, and KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) physically blocked Chen as he was beginning his remarks, setting off a brief scuffle around the podium.

Taipei,  A second public hearing on Taiwan’s new pork importation policy will be held in the Legislature before it moves on to reviewing the nine administrative directives related to the government’s recent decision to lift restrictions on the import of American beef and pork products.

The nine directives were put forth by various government departments after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Aug. 28 that Taiwan would allow imports of beef from cattle over 30 months old and set standards for acceptable levels of ractopamine residue in imported pork, with effect from next year.

A joint meeting of the five legislative committees tasked with reviewing the directives got off to a rocky start Wednesday, as ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) tried to open with a briefing by Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲).

In response, members of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) protested that they were being denied speaking privileges, and KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) physically blocked Chen as he was beginning his remarks, setting off a brief scuffle around the podium.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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