Farmer Spotlight

What's the Background?

Despite an overwhelming body of scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety of ractopamine, Taiwan since 2007 has denied market access for U.S. pork based on an unscientific, zero-tolerance policy for the feed additive. Ractopamine has been determined to be safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is approved for use in pork production in 26 countries, with 75 additional countries allowing the import of pork from ractopamine-fed hogs even though it is not fed in their domestic herds. In July 2012, the U.N.’s Codex Alimentarius Commission, which sets international standards for food safety, approved a maximum residue limit (MRL) for ractopamine, which U.S. pork meets…For more click here.

Why Does It Matter to our Producers?

The United States over the past 10 years, on average, has been the No. 1 pork exporting country in the world; it is the globe’s lowest cost producer of pork. In any given year, the U.S. pork industry ships product to more than 100 countries. Exports add significantly to the bottom line of all U.S. pork producers, contributing $50 – representing 36 percent of the $140 average value of a hog in 2016 – to every hog marketed in 2016 when $5.9 billion of U.S. pork was exported. U.S. pork sales to Taiwan have dropped by more than 75 percent to $22.6 million between 2004 and 2016. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the United States would ship significantly more pork to Taiwan if it lifted its ractopamine ban.

What is NPPC's position?

Taiwan’s ban on U.S. pork raised with ractopamine lacks any scientific-based justification and should immediately be removed.

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