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    American pigs "Lai" attack, Taiwan consumers have trouble eating

    • Last Update: 2021-07-23
    • Source: Internet
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    Xinhua News Agency, Taipei, January 7 (Reporters Wu Jihai and Fu Shuangqi) In a supermarket in Songshan District, Taipei City, the meat area is hung with the eye-catching sign of "Taiwan Pig"

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    Ms.
    Lin examined the pork, picked it up and put it down several times, and finally chose a few boxes of chicken and mutton to put in the shopping basket

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    "Although it is about Taiwanese pigs, our family will reduce pork consumption in the future

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    " Ms.
    Lin said that for the health of the family and avoid eating "Laizhu" by mistake, the whole family decided to reduce their purchase of pork

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    At the end of August last year, the Taiwan authorities announced without warning that American pork and beef over 30 months old using ractopamine (commonly known as Clenbuterol) would be imported into Taiwan from January 1, 2021

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    This kind of pork is called "Laizhu" by the people in Taiwan.
    Despite the strong opposition from all walks of life, the decision to open it officially took effect in January this year

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    After the block was invalidated, all sectors of society issued "the humblest request", hoping that the authorities would clearly identify the "Laizhu" when importing them, but the authorities still rejected it

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    The authorities in charge of agriculture and health and welfare said that it can be distinguished by marking the place of origin

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    As a result, all major supermarkets and stores have hung up signs such as "Taiwan Pig" and "Cattle of XX Origin"

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    Ms.
    Lin said that although "Taiwan pig" and other imported pork do not contain ractopamine, there are too many different kinds of meat, and there are too many labels.
    After a long time, it is difficult to guarantee that they will not be "incorrectly selected", so they will eat more other meats.
    Substitute meat

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    Supermarket staff said that the number of consumers buying pork since New Year's Day is obviously not as many as before

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    Being discouraged from pork naturally hits those pork manufacturers that do not contain ractopamine

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    Public opinion questioned whether it is fair for the Taiwan authorities to do so in order to make way for the American "Laizhu" and to damage other safe pork.


    In order to retain consumers, many restaurants also display eye-catching "Taiwan Pig" logos, or advertise "We will never use meat containing ractopamine" and other advertisements

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    However, there are also chaotic signs of different localities, making consumers at a loss as to what to do

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    An employee of a fast food restaurant on Fuxing North Road in Taipei told reporters that although the “Taiwan Pig” logo was affixed, many familiar consumers would still ask if they would use “Laizhu” in the future.
    "Everyone is still worried

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    " He said

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    In addition to the threat of food safety to consumers, the "Laizhu" chaos may also have to bear the additional burden of rising meat prices

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    According to Taiwanese media reports, the import of "Laizhu" on New Year's Day has just come into effect, and the bento industry has increased the price of pork bento on the grounds of switching to "Taiwan Pig"

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    Some Taiwan-made pork products have also reported price increases

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    Consumers have "voiced": "I can't eat pork anymore", "I will increase the price, anyway, stop eating it

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    "


    On the 7th, the Chinese Kuomintang held a press conference on the "Anti-League Pig Joint Agency", calling on the public to actively participate in the joint signature, and through practical actions to show the public opinion of rejecting the "Lai Pig"

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    The impact of "Laizhu" on Taiwanese society is far from over, and consumers will find it difficult to eat "pig"

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