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November 15, 2009

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Rally against US beef

THOUSANDS of Taiwanese have taken to the streets to protest a government decision to lift a six-year ban on imports of some kinds of US beef.

Participants in the opposition-led protest yesterday demanded the government continue to ban bone-in beef, ground beef and offal, and renegotiate with the United States about beef imports to safeguard against mad cow disease. Taiwan previously only allowed imports of boneless beef from the United States, but decided last month to end the ban on the three beef cuts.

US officials say American beef is safe, but some health experts say ground beef and offal may carry a higher risk of mad cow disease.

The United States is one of the island province's biggest trading partners.


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