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NPPC Loses Ractapomine Battle with Taiwan

The U.S. pork industry has lost its battle for now with Taiwan over efforts to get U.S. pork treated with leanness-additive ractopamine into the country. The National Pork Producers Council insisted last year that U.S. trade officials pressure Taiwan to relax its ban on ractopamine-treated pork – and not just beef treated with the additive. NPPC Trade Chief Nick Giordano said last August…

“It will be a slap in the face to the US pork industry if the largest pork exporter in the world, the US, are told – sorry, the political pressure that Taiwanese pork producers yield in Taipei and throughout the country is too strong for us to get this problem fixed.”

But now the U.S. has announced in Taiwan that it will renew suspended annual trade talks with Taipei – despite the outstanding issue with pork – the biggest sector of Taiwanese agriculture. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.