Taiwan Opened to Certain Beef Types

Late last week, Taiwan agreed to import certain types of U.S. beef, a move that represents another incremental step toward full reopening of Taiwan’s market.

Approved items for import include beef skirts and hanging tenders, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Other variety meat items such as liver and kidneys have not been fully approved, but are under consideration, the group said.

Last year, Taiwan set a new value record for imports of U.S. beef at $141.2 million, up 11 percent from 2008, despite some controversy over the inclusion of bone-in beef cuts for the first time since 2003. U.S. beef exports to Taiwan are also off to a strong start in 2010, USMEF said.

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