Beef ban may change
The government is considering lifting the ban on Canadian bone-in beef and beef products from cattle more than 30 months old, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday. Ma made the remark while meeting a Canadian parliamentary delegation at the Presidential Office. He did not specify when the sanction might be lifted. Taiwan imposed a comprehensive ban on Canadian beef in 2003 on fears of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly called mad cow disease. In 2007 it reopened the market to boneless beef and meat from cattle under 30 months of age. Ma yesterday said government agencies were looking into the matter and would soon reach a decision.