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INTERVIEW: AIT chairman pledges to bolster Taiwan-US relations

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, a UN body that sets food standards, voted in July 2012 by a 69 to 67 margin to allow ractopamine residues in pork, beef and turkey.

Soon after the commission’s vote, Taiwan formally eased the ban on US beef imports containing traces of ractopamine, which led to the resumption of major trade talks between Taiwan and the US.

However, the ban on ractopamine in pork has remained in Taiwan because of concerns that even trace amounts of the drug could be harmful to people’s health given the large consumption of pork among Taiwanese.

With regards to the TPP, he said the focus is to have the agreement ratified by all 12 founding members.

The founding members are the US, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and Japan.

Moriarty, who departs Taiwan today, has decades of experience in Asia, including Taiwan, at senior leadership levels in the US government and the private sector, according to the AIT.

He has served as US ambassador to Bangladesh and Nepal, special assistant to the US president, senior director for Asia at the National Security Council and director for China affairs at the National Security Council, the AIT said.

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