Something is rotten in the state of the republic. The “gutter oil,” “lard oil,” “substandard oil,” — or whatever name one chooses to call the contaminated grease some local businesses passed for cooking oil — is not the only toxic substance in Taiwan.
Taiwan's food safety law needs a vigorous revamp to prevent a repeat of the tainted oil scandal. But while the food industry must be more tightly monitored, we must also look beyond the food industry itself in order to facilitate such control.
A group of exhibitionists who get their thrills by shooting nude photos in public places and posting them online got free publicity from the Apple Daily Tuesday after the Chinese-language newspaper published nude photos of one of their members taken at the Xianse Temple Station on the Xinzhuang MRT Line.
Tens of thousands of tweets have been posted after Apple launched its latest smartphone models and introduced its first smartwatch on Sept. 9. One stands out.
A public opinion survey published last Thursday showed a tapering off of the Sunflower Student Movement's effect on the national identification of the people of Taiwan.
As Taiwan braces itself for continued revelations on the extent of the recent oil-from-refuse-food scandal, which has made an impact across all levels of the nation's dining and food industries' supply chain, scrutiny should be focused on the regulatory enforcement of the newly revamped Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation (食品安全衛生管理法) and on whether the change reflects the ruling party's commitment to improving the safeguarding of the people's well-being.
Eating moon cakes during Mid-Autumn Festival has long been a Chinese tradition, but not all Taiwanese can afford the luxury this year. Due to the recent surfacing of the gutter oil scandal, many bakeries have seen locals lining up requesting a refund on previously purchased moon cakes and other pastry products.
Taiwanese citizens are living longer and longer — an average life span of 79.12 years — with males reaching an average of 75.96 and females reaching an average of 82.47 years, according to a report that came out on Thursday.
Taiwan is usually proud of its delicious foods. But are they safe? We may have good recipes and good chefs who can guarantee delicious dishes, but the latest food scare has again shown that food safety in Taiwan remains as problematic as ever.
Since its establishment in 1977, the William Jones Cup has been the most important international basketball tournament and summer hoop fiesta in Taiwan.