Convenience store employees to receive contagious disease checks
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Those who work at convenience stores will be required to undergo examinations to see if they have contracted hepatitis A or typhoid fever, Department of Health (DOH) officials said yesterday.
January 11, 2013, 12:18 am TWN
The statement came in response to questioning from lawmakers at a legislative session held to screen draft revisions to the Act Governing Food Sanitation.
At the session, lawmaker Jiang Hui-jen of the ruling Kuomintang requested the DOH to order both part-time and full-time employees at local convenience stores offering cooked goods, such as tea-leaf eggs and Japanese “oden” foods, receive physical checkups with a focus on contagious diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid fever.
Chiang said that when selling cooked foods, convenience store employees are likely to touch the goods, and if they're infected with hepatitis A virus or typhoid fever, the diseases can be easily spread to consumers.
Accordingly, the lawmaker stressed that convenience stores offering such foods should no longer be regarded as retail stores and their workers should receive stringent physical examinations, similar to those required for employees of restaurants in accordance with the Act Governing Food Sanitation.
In response, Tsai Su-jen, a division chief at the Food and Drug Administration under the DOH, said that staff working at local convenience stores are all subject to mandatory physical examinations as detailed in the act.