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Taiwan Quick Take: Lawmakers to probe beef

Legislators across party lines yesterday agreed to establish a committee to investigate the government's decision-making process in the lifting of the US beef import ban, an idea suggested by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus. The conclusion was reached yesterday afternoon during cross-party negotiations convened by Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). KMT caucus whip Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆) said that the committee was charged with reviewing whether the government lifted the ban after conducting a comprehensive study into the consequences of its decision. Tsai said that Japan had maintained strict limits on imports of US beef because of mad cow disease, while the government has been criticized for being lax. "We have to ensure the safety of US beef imported into Taiwan," Tsai said.

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