Citizens must take charge in fight against tainted food
The China Post news staffA local media expert earlier this year commented on Taiwan's food safety and environmental protection issues by saying “The sky was once blue, the beach was once ours ... fruits were once hormone-free, pesticides were once not for human consumption.”
October 28, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The sentence could have gone on and on and on. In just half a century, the relationship between food and humans has made a delicate but somehow huge change.
Advanced technology and industrialization reshaped the landscapes of agriculture and livestock farming, and they directly and indirectly influenced the food that people eat.
It is very common to see people sharing photos of delicious cuisine on their social network pages — close-up shots of sashimi, lasagna, dumplings, pork ribs or rice from some famous 50-year-old restaurant. People have looked so close at these fabulous dishes, but they have seldom asked where the food came from. The government has apparently rarely asked the same question.
Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍), vice minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), claimed the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) system has an “actually quite strict” standard in terms of issuing a GMP stamp to an edible good.
The MOEA must first review a written application, inspect its production and sample it for testing. Duh backed up his point by saying there are not many products on the market that have obtained the stamp.
He may be right about the fact that not too many products have recieved the stamp from the government. However, 17 goods produced by Tatung Changchi Foodstuff. Co. (大統長基食品) have the GMP stamp. And yet the firm was recently exposed for adding additives into their so-called pure oil products.