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Four hotels and restaurants sign up for food traceability program

TAIPEI -- Four well-known hospitality brands will start applying a food traceability system to their menus in early 2014, part of efforts to promote food safety following a year of food safety scandals and scares.

The Agriculture Multi-Discipline Management of Technology (AMOT), a business group, announced Monday that the participating brands are five-star hotel W Taipei, 60-year-old Peng Yuan Restaurant, food conglomerate Wow Prime Group's Hot-7 restaurant chain, and Mellow Fields Hotel.

The four will change their menus quarterly using the system, which provide text and video information on how and where the foods they sell were produced.

AMOT said it is seeking more restaurants and hotels to join its program, which will also feature information in English and Japanese to cater to foreign visitors.

“Taiwan is famous for its delicacies, so we would like to provide people from at home and abroad a safe food environment to boost tourism,” said Chang Chia-jung, AMOT's secretary.

Nearly 150 items produced by 1,028 farmers and fishermen in Taiwan are certified under the traceability system, according to the Council of Agriculture.

Established in 2011, AMOT has 100 member businesses including farms and fisheries.

Food safety became a focal point over 2013, a year of major food scandals including plasticizers in packaged beverages and a top maker of edible oils that was found to be adulterating products marketed as pure.

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