Food safety and nutrition experts from the Department of Health (DOH) have reached an agreement to cap the allowable residue level for the livestock leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine at 10 parts per billion (ppb), according to a department official.
The experts decided the limit — equivalent to 10 micrograms of ractopamine residue per 1kg of beef — at a meeting on Tuesday, Food and Drug Administration Director-General Kang Jaw-jou (康照洲) said.
The experts based their decision on a maximum safe daily intake of 1 microgram for an adult, which would mean the ractopamine residue in a Taiwanese adult who consumed an average of 12.85g of beef per day would be as little as 0.5 percent of 1 microgram, Kang said.
The department’s meeting to decide the maximum allowable level of ractopamine residue in beef came after the Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法) last week, paving the way for beef imports containing the leanness--enhancing drug.
As soon as the amendments takes effect, the Department will formally communicate the allowable level to the public and make sure the standard is adhered to, Kang said.
In addition, efforts will be stepped up to check beef imports at the border and beef being sold in domestic markets, he added.
According to the department, since the health authorities began efforts on March 20 to stop imported beef containing ractopamine residue from entering the market, inspectors have discovered ractopamine in six out of 490 batches of imported beef inspected, as of Sunday. Five batches were shipped back to where they came from, while the sixth was destroyed, the department said.
Taiwan from Thursday is to reinstate visa exemptions for passport holders from 65 countries. Mandatory quarantine for arriving travelers is to be lifted on Oct. 13 , when restrictions on inbound and outbound tour groups are also to be lifted. The following is a list of answers to common questions regarding how the new regulations are to affect inbound international visitors Which passports will have visa-free entry privileges? Eleven more countries on Thursday are to join 54 countries that were given visa-free privileges on Sept. 12. Passport holders from Japan, South Korea, Chile, Israel and Nicaragua can stay in Taiwan for up to 90 days without a visa. Taiwan is also to resume 30-day visa-free stays for citizens of the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Malaysia. Passport holders from Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines are to be allowed to stay in Taiwan for 14 days visa-free. Taiwan on Sept. 12 resumed 90-day visa-free entry for passport holders from the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New
PRIDE AND FURY: Supporters of the Taiwan People’s Communist Party sang in Tainan, while Taiwan loyalists in Kaohsiung vowed to ‘protect Taiwan until death’ Two small Taiwanese groups at the far ends of the debate over relations with Beijing marked the National Day of the People’s Republic of China yesterday with flag raisings and flag burnings — opposite responses at a time of rising tension over the Taiwan Strait. Oct. 1 marks the day that Mao Zedong (毛澤東) proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949, with the defeated Republic of China government fleeing to Taiwan at the end of that year, where — after democratic reforms — it remains to this day, neither recognizing the other. China’s national day is not officially marked in any
Adolescents aged 12 to 17 can start receiving the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine from tomorrow, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, adding that the second phase of inoculations using Moderna’s bivalent vaccine would begin next week. The Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that the Novavax vaccine can be administered to adolescents aged 12 to 17 as their primary series of vaccines or as a booster shot. It also allowed a mix-and-match approach. The Novavax vaccine is a good choice for eligible recipients who are worried about possible adverse reactions from other COVID-19 vaccines, said
‘CONSENSUS’: The CECC would brief the Cabinet on its reopening plans if data show that a local outbreak proceeded as it had predicted, Premier Su Tseng-chang said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) could announce today that it would fully reopen borders on Oct. 13, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday. Su in the morning inspected Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to check if airport personnel were prepared to cope with an expected rise in passenger volume today, when the weekly cap for international arrivals would increase to 60,000 people. The requirement for a saliva-based polymerase chain reaction test upon landing is also to be waived. The CECC last week announced that a zero-quarantine policy for international arrivals could be implemented from Oct. 13, depending on the local