Taiwan has rejected a shipment of US beef following the discovery of five bone chips in an 18-tonne container last week.
According to Taiwan’s Department of Health the bone chips ranged between 0.7 cm and 2 cm, and were detected in the shipment of frozen beef that originated from a Cargill plant in Nebraska.
The incident is the second time that bone chips have been discovered in U.S. shipments to Taiwan since the re-opening of the market to U.S. beef imports.
The blunder comes at a sensitive time for the U.S. beef industry’s push to re-enter Asian markets, as food safety concerns continue to hamper U.S. efforts in Japan and Korea.
While The Philippines last week lifted the restrictions on imports of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of all ages, it continues to have difficulties in negotiations with Japan and Korea.
Meat and Livestock Australia reported that talks between the U.S. President and Japanese Prime Minister failed to reach agreement regarding the beef import protocol.
But in Korea there is a new push for a two-stage re-entry plan where in a first step imports of U.S. beef would be allowed, including bone-in, from cattle younger than 30 months of age, with specified risk materials (SRMs) removed. The second step would be to allow imports of beef from older cattle, with removal of SRMs, as specified by the OIE.