Chen Shizhong once again responded by emphasizing that there is no risk in food safety for American pigs, and he is willing to lead by example, but he also said that he personally prefers Taiwanese pork. However, going back to the objective scientific evidence, opening up the import of US pigs is tantamount to disregarding the health of the people? Will it really have a serious impact on domestic pig farmers? Taiwan opened the import of US pigs in 2005. What is the controversial "ractopamine"? In fact, my country has fully opened up the import of pork as early as 2005. In the past 20 years, the import of US pork products has reached 500,000 metric tons, of which "frozen meat" and "offal" are the largest, accounting for 98% of the total every year.
The rest of the items include "fresh and refrigerated meat", "modified meat", "canned meat", but the import volume is very small. In other words, in fact, the focus of the current controversy is not "whether to open up the import of 'low-priced US pigs'", but "whether photo color correction services to open up the import of 'US pork containing clenbuterol ractopamine'". And what is "ractopamine", does it mean that it is highly toxic? Not so. Beta-agonists, commonly known as clenbuterol, are a collective name for dozens of drugs with different ingredients, and ractopamine is just one of the less toxic types.
Clenbuterol is generally used to treat respiratory diseases, but it is also used in livestock and poultry because it can increase the proportion of lean meat in livestock and poultry, reduce feed costs, make the appearance better, increase the selling price, and increase the profits of pig farmers. rearing. Among them, clenbuterol, which has caused food poisoning incidents internationally due to improper use, includes highly toxic species such as clenbuterol and albuterol. Therefore, the European Union banned clenbuterol for non-therapeutic use in 1996.