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Taiwan lifts ban on beef imports from Canada

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Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it decided to lift a ban on beef imports from Canada.

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The decision to resume Canadian beef imports was made after the FDA's prudent assessment which led the agency to believe that risks from eating beef imported from Canada have been low.

In addition, the agency said that Canada has established a comprehensive food management mechanism which is trustworthy and is able to minimize the risks to consumers who eat beef from the country.

Taiwan banned imports of Canadian beef products in February 2015 following the confirmation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - better known as mad cow disease - in a cow in Alberta.

Chiang Yu-mei, director general of the FDA, told reporters that the agency had been studying the possibility of lifting the ban since September. In November, Chiang said, her agency even sent a delegation to Canada to check whether beef products in the country were safe or not.

Chiang said that the delegation's report after the visit pointed to an "OK" for beef imports from Canada and then called a meeting in March to consult with food experts on the matter.

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