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Senators Call on Taiwan President to Lift Beef Ban

21 February 2011

US – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin have called on Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou to end Taiwan’s recently imposed unscientific restriction on US beef.

Despite guarantees from international food safety organisations and assessments made by Taiwan’s own government that American beef is 100 per cent safe for consumption, the new restriction, which is based on false claims of health risks, has effectively blocked US beef exports to Taiwan.

“Taiwan’s unscientific restriction on US beef is completely unjustified and must end immediately,” said Sen. Baucus.

“We must insist that all of our trade partners base their regulations on sound science and international standards, and Taiwan is no exception. US beef is among the safest and most delicious in the world and there is absolutely no reason for these unjustified restrictions. Ranchers and farmers in Montana and across the country count on international markets to support jobs and make ends meet. Taiwan’s actions put America’s beef producers at an unfair disadvantage, and we simply cannot allow this.”

“American beef is safe and is the best in the world. It should not be discriminated against with unfair trade restrictions. It’s imperative that Taiwan drop these restrictions on U.S. beef immediately,” said Sen. Hatch.

“While I continue to support our economic ties with Taiwan, recent actions taken by the Taiwan government that effectively block US exports of beef are completely unacceptable and unjustified by any scientific measure. The Administration is right to suspend the trade and investment framework talks, and I don’t see how those discussions can resume until we restore confidence that our exports will be treated fairly,” said Sen. Camp.

“I am disappointed Taiwan has imposed yet another barrier to US beef exports, with no legitimate scientific justification. I hope the Government of Taiwan will remove this specific barrier and take further measures to restore confidence and strengthen our bilateral trade relationship,” said Sen. Levin.

The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees have jurisdiction over international trade.

The full text of the letter sent to President Ma by the senators can be found by clocking here.

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