Taiwan lifts ban on Japanese beef imports


Taiwan has conditionally lifted a 16-year-old ban on beef imports from Japan, clearing a major roadblock in negotiations on an economic partnership agreement, the government announced.  The announcement came after the Food and Drug Administration issued a two-month notification on July 17 that Taiwan had decided in principle to lift the bans.

Wu Tsung-his, FDA Division of Food Safety Section Head, said the Taiwan government will now wait for the Japanese government to provide a list of government-certified facilities so Taiwanese importers can import Japanese beef from those facilities. Nearly 95% of Taiwan’s beef is imported. Last year the US was Taiwan’s No. 1 beef supplier by weight and value, followed by Australia and New Zealand, reported Kyodo News.


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