January 25,2006

Grassley Welcomes Reopening of Taiwanese Market to U.S. Beef


To: Reporters and Editors
Re: Reopening of Taiwan beef market
Da: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today welcomed the reopening of the Taiwanese market to
imports of U.S. beef. Taiwan originally closed its market to U.S. beef in December 2003 following
the first detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States, and Taiwan
reopened its market in April 2005. Following a second case of BSE in the United States in June
2005, Taiwan shut down its market again to U.S. beef imports. Taiwan will now permit the
importation of U.S. boneless beef from cattle under 30 months of age. Grassley is chairman of the
Committee on Finance, with jurisdiction over international trade. He made the following comment
on the reopening of Taiwan’s beef market.

“I’m glad Taiwan has recognized the obvious, that U.S. beef is safe. Millions of Americans
consume U.S. beef every day, and the Taiwanese will now be able to join them in enjoying this
product. I hope other countries around the world will take notice of Taiwan’s decision. Taiwan has
made a science-based determination that it’s safe to import U.S. beef. If it’s safe for consumers in
Taiwan and the United States to eat U.S. beef, it’s safe for consumers in other countries, too.”