The United States’ de facto embassy in Taiwan on Thursday decried “disinformation” from politicians about food safety, amid a contentious decision by the island’s government to allow imports of American pork treated with a leanness-enhancing additive. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen ’s decision in August to allow imports of US pork containing ractopamine, which is banned in the European Union and China, has roiled the island’s politics. The main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party opposes the move on safety grounds, holding noisy protests and on one occasion flinging pig entrails in parliament . The government says nobody will be forced to eat the pork and that the move brings Taiwan into line with international norms. In a statement, the American Institute in Taiwan said that all US exports to the island and its other trade partners were safe and met the same high, evidence-based standards that were used in the United States. “Safe here. Safe there. Safe everywhere. That’s one of the reasons American food is so popular in Taiwan,” it said. Taiwan’s purchase of US mobile communication system could help counter Chinese cyberattack “When political figures propagate disinformation and raise unfounded anxiety among Taiwan consumers, it is a disservice to everyone,” it said, without naming any names. “We call on all parties to approach this issue responsibly and on the basis of science.” On Wednesday, the mayor of the central Taiwanese city of Taichung, the KMT’s Lu Shiow-yen, expressed her concerns about the pork issue to the top US diplomat in Taiwan, Brent Christensen. Most pork consumed in Taiwan is domestically reared, with only about 1 per cent coming from the US.