I wonder how much of this is talked about in the US. I have watched this evolve over the past two months. I thought it would die off after the December 5th elections, but the legislature is looking to reinstitute restrictions on US beef and efforts to force a referendum on the issue are still ongoing.
Personally, though I don't eat beef, this is crazy. U.S. beef is as safe as can be and is no more risky than beef from Australia. Part of the problem was that this was handled by an administration that has lost the trust of the people through handling this and other issues in a highly non-transparant manner.
I am concerned that there could be a US backlash against Taiwan. Then again, there are some in Taiwan who have been disappointed with the perceived decline in US support for the country since President Obama took office. For a country that relies so heavily on exports, alienating such an important trade partner is not exactly smart.
Excerpts from the article
The United States expressed dismay Tuesday over Taiwan's move to resume a ban on certain US beef imports amid concerns over mad cow disease."The proposed amendment's provisions do not have a basis in science or fact and thus in no way serve to protect Taiwan's food supply," said a joint statement by the United States Trade Representative office and the Department of Agriculture.