Taiwan’s Ractopamine Policy Discussed as Possible TPP Barrier

At a legislative committee hearing this week, Taiwan’s failure to adopt maximum residue levels (MRLs) for ractopamine in imported pork was raised as a potential barrier to its entry into Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. This was denied, however, by Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Kao.

Taiwan’s restrictive ractopamine policy for pork (and for some beef products) was also among the issues raised last week in a WTO trade policy review of Taiwan (which is referred to in the WTO as Chinese Taipei). U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke stated:

“While Chinese Taipei has reason to be pleased with the results of its efforts to date, the United States would like to highlight several areas that we believe need greater attention. Although it established a maximum residue level (MRL) for ractopamine in beef muscle cuts in 2012, Chinese Taipei has not set an MRL for ractopamine in pork and other beef products despite the Codex Alimentarius (Codex) adoption of MRLs for ractopamine in these products.”

Punke’s full statement on the Taiwan policy review is available on the USTR website.