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March 16, 2012
Nearly 70 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to USDA and U.S. Trade Representative objecting to the Taiwanese government’s protectionist trade restrictions on U.S. pork and beef.
The letter, organized by Congressmen Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Ron Kirk (D-WI), stated, “We are writing to you with strong concern regarding the non-science-based restrictions that Taiwan has placed on beef and pork imports from the United States.
For over a year, Taiwan has unjustifiably increased inspections of U.S. beef and pork products in search of residues from feed additives. These inspections, which are not based on scientific data or standards, have tainted consumer perception of U.S. beef and pork products in Taiwan and have caused a significant decline in exports.
We are concerned that if this issue remains unresolved, it will continue to have negative consequences for our constituents who work in the beef and pork industries.”
The issue is the use of ractopamine, which improves feed efficiency and growth rate while increasing the lean carcass percentage. It has been approved by 26 countries’ food safety authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.
Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.
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