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March 8th, thousands of Taiwanese farmers on the streets protested authorities releasing imported beef from America containing a leanness enhancing additive. March 5th, Taiwan’s “Executive Yuan” approved with conditions the opening of imported beef from the United States containing leanness enhancing additives (ractopamine).

[Above] Thousands of Taiwanese pig farmers unhappy with authorities releasing imported beef from America containing a leanness enhancing additive, continuously went on the streets of Taipei to protest.

According to reports, on March 5th, Taiwan’s “Executive Yuan” reached a decision on the controversial issue of whether or not American beef containing leanness enhancing additives should be allowed to be imported, conditionally allowing the import of American beef containing ractopamine.


Ractopamine (trade name: Paylean), is a new type of leanness enhancing additive, able to promote the amount of lean meat in animals, reduce the amount of feed required, bring meat products to market earlier, and lower costs. However, when large amounts of meat products containing ractopamine are consumed, it can cause symptoms of poisoning such as nausea, dizziness, muscle spasms, palpitations, increased blood pressure, increase cardiovascular disease, etc.


Ractopamine when compared to other leanness enhancing additives is relatively less toxic and is more quickly metabolized. As such, it is allowed to be added to feed in the United States and a minority of other countries. At present, America and 24 other countries in the world openly allowing Paylean while 160 other countries still prohibit it.


The outside world believes that Ma Ying-jeou ultimately deciding to conditionally open imports of American beef containing the leanness enhancing additive, in the face of vocal domestic opposition on the Taiwan island, is related to repeated pressure from the United States, connected with the breakdown of Taiwan-America Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks over American cattle, ultimately forced to open [to imports] due to Taiwanese authorities urgently desiring visa-free US travel treatment as well as American support for entering the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) and other factors.


However, in Taiwan’s “Legislative Yuan”, other than the opposition party standing opposition, many KMT members also made clear their disapproval. Photo is of Taiwanese farmers throwing chicken eggs and pig excrement at the “Council of Agriculture”.


Photo is of March 8th Taiwanese farmers protesting on the streets.


Taiwanese farmers protesting on the streets in confrontation with the police.


Taiwanese farmers protesting on the streets in physical altercations with the police.


Taiwanese farmers protesting on the streets in physical altercations with the police.


Taiwanese farmers protesting on the streets throwing chicken eggs and other “weapons” at the police.


Taiwanese farmers protesting on the streets in physical altercations with the police.


A police officer hit with an egg.


A fence erected by the police overturned by demonstrators.

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