Taiwan Should Remove All Barriers to U.S. Pork

NPPC’s Position

NPPC supports Taiwan’s plans to lift non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork. NPPC will continue to defend the rights of U.S. hog farmers to use production processes and products that are safe. NPPC opposes government mandates that, with no scientific backing, dictate production practices, increase food prices and restrict consumer choices.


Taiwan’s non-tariff barriers to U.S. pork exports remain despite NPPC working for at least 15 years to remove them. In August 2020, Taiwan announced plans to adopt maximum residue limits (MRL) for pork and pork products produced using the feed additive ractopamine and to apply a country-of-origin labeling scheme that goes beyond what is allowed by the World Trade Organization. The ractopamine MRL does not meet international food-safety standards.

Although ractopamine use by U.S. pork producers is not widespread, it is an option that is safe and acceptable. Ractopamine has been determined to be safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is approved for use in pork production in 26 countries, with 75 additional countries allowing the import of pork from ractopamine-fed hogs. The U.N.’s Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX), which sets international standards for food safety, in July 2012 approved an MRL for ractopamine, which U.S. pork meets.

Fast Facts

$16 million of U.S. pork

which is the equivalent to 5,134 metric tons (MT) was exported to Taiwan in 2021, down from $54 million and 20,659 MT in 2020.

$150 million in annual U.S. pork sales

could be made to Taiwan if it removed its ractopamine ban.

23.7 million

people inhabit the island of Taiwan.

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