While exports of U.S. beef to Taiwan will remain restricted to beef from cattle less than 30 months of age; bone-in beef cuts and variety meat will now be allowed. The new trade protocol is science-based and in line with the guidelines of the World Organization of Animal Health and the findings of Taiwan's own risk assessment on the safety of U.S. beef.
Carol Guthrie, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Public Affairs, and Chris Mather, USDA Director of Communications issued a joint statement praising the move and also addressing other measures taken by Taiwan.
"We understand that Taiwan also announced a number of other additional domestic measures regarding beef and beef products," the statement said. "We are currently reviewing these measures to ensure they allow Taiwan consumers the opportunity to enjoy the same safe American beef and beef products that American families eat. We look forward to working with our partners in Taiwan to ensure that Taiwan's domestic requirements are consistent with the Protocol, the science, the OIE guidelines, and Taiwan's international obligations."