The government yesterday launched an online “pork dashboard,” which showed no pork imports since Friday, when the nation started allowing imports of pork containing residue of the leanness-enhancing additive ractopamine.
A collaboration between the Council of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the dashboard — ifi.fda.gov.tw/ifi/pfp/cp/pfpcp0706q.jsp — showed that from Friday to Sunday domestically produced pork totaled 3,048 tonnes.
The nation also produced 2,811 tonnes of pork liver, kidney and other edible pig organs, it showed.
Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City Education Department
Statistics on pork products are collected and compiled by the council, the ministry and the Customs Administration, and uploaded to the dashboard before 9am on workdays.
It includes information on domestically produced pork, including the number of pigs slaughtered and weights of pork and edible pig organs. It also contains data on imports of pork and edible pig organs, including weight and the number of batches of pork and pig organs containing ractopamine residue, the council said.
Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday inspected how pork imports are examined batch by batch at the Port of Taipei.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times
“Taiwan is a nation built on trade. We want to sell our products to the world, but we must also allow other countries to sell their products to us,” he said.
“The government’s responsibility is to stipulate science-based standards which conform with those stipulated by the international community. All government agencies are prepared to inspect imported pork batch by batch, clearly label imported pork and follow relevant procedures,” he added.
Poultry Sale and Development Association honorary chairman Lee Chun-lai (李春來) said that US pork arriving this month is not likely to contain ractopamine residue, as the orders were placed in August or September last year, which were backlogged because of a global shortage of refrigerated cargo containers and disruptions in shipping schedules.
Consumers should not worry, as many of the companies importing meat from other countries have pledged not to bring in pork containing ractopamine residue, Lee said, adding that no company has so far this year placed orders for US pork.
Locally produced pork dominates the domestic market with about a 90 percent share, he said.
Of the 10 percent imported from abroad, the US accounts for only about 10 percent, he said, adding that it could be easily replaced by pork from Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands and Spain.
New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) also inspected meat processing companies in the city’s Shulin District (樹林).
Nobody can guarantee that businesses would never import pork containing ractopamine, even though they have all said they would not, Hou said.
The real test begins when there are companies that want to import pork containing ractopamine, he added.
“Consumers should have a way of knowing that imported pork containing ractopamine residue has arrived, so they can decide for themselves whether they want to purchase it or not,” Hou said.
Additional Reporting by Chiu Shu-yu
LAND ALERT UNCERTAIN: The CWB was waiting to observe how In-Fa shifts as it moves north to determine when to issue a land alert, a forecaster at the bureau said Residents of northern Taiwan should brace for heavy rain today and tomorrow as Typhoon In-Fa approaches the northeast, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday. A land alert for the typhoon would be issued depending on the angle at which it moves north today, the bureau said. The bureau on Wednesday issued a sea alert for the typhoon, which applies to ships operating off the nation’s northern, northeastern and southeastern coasts. As of 8:30pm yesterday, In-Fa’s center was 470km southeast of Taipei, moving northwest at 6kph. It was carrying maximum sustained winds of 180kph, and had a radius of 200km. The typhoon was moving
TARGET RAISED: The CECC said vaccination coverage has reached 24.35%, while Premier Su Tseng-chang said the government hopes for 30% by the end of July The government has signed a contract to buy an additional 36 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, 1 million of which are to be delivered in the fourth quarter, the Executive Yuan announced yesterday, as it updated its vaccination target to 30 percent coverage by the end of the month. The two-year deal with the US company covers “prime series” vaccines and future booster shots to protect against SARS-CoV-2 variants, Executive Yuan spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) quoted Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) as saying during an Executive Yuan meeting in Taipei. In the two weeks since vaccine registration opened, more than 9.8
NEXT ROUND: About 1.44 million people who have registered online to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine are to get text messages today to book a vaccine appointment Strict border control measures, including a ban on foreign nationals entering or transiting through Taiwan, are to continue, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported 10 locally transmitted COVID-19 infections and no deaths. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said five of the cases tested positive during isolation or upon ending it. The sources of infection of eight cases have been identified, one remains unclear and one is under investigation, he said, adding that 87.8 percent of the people infected with COVID-19 since May 11 have been released from isolation. Chen said an
BREAKING RECORDS: Kuo Hsing-chun’s snatch, clean and jerk, and combined lifts were all Olympic records, although well off her combined world record Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) yesterday completed her elusive quest for Olympic gold, clinching Taiwan’s first win at the Tokyo Games as she set Olympic records in the women’s under-59kg weight class. Kuo, who has not lost a major competition in her weight class since the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she was hampered by injury and finished third, finally chased down the gold medal that had long remained just out of her grasp. The 27-year-old finished with a combined lift of 236kg — 103kg in the snatch and 133kg in the clean and jerk — 21kg more