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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Taiwan -- GMP to keep better track of ingredients
In the wake of the waste oil food scare, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) association chairperson Bonnie Sun (孫寶年) apologized yesterday, saying that the association will keep a closer watch on GMP-labeled products' source ingredients.
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Lawmakers yesterday said that they will focus on the issue of former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao's (張顯耀) alleged leaking of confidential information during Premier Jiang Yi-huah's (江宜樺) policy report address this Friday.
Even as Taiwan's health authorities are determined to step up inspections of edible oil manufacturing, there is a shortage of food safety inspection staff to check production, a health official said yesterday.
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People planning to travel to China or Southeast Asia should take precautions against measles amid a surging number of cases of the viral infection being reported in those regions, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.
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A series of paintings by renowned Chinese artist Chang Dai-chien (or Zhang Daqian, 張大千) is currently on display in Taipei in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the painter's death. The exhibition, which will run until Nov. 23 at National Museum of History, showcases 105 sets of Chang's paintings from the museum's collection and from Jilin Province and Sichuan museums in China.
Taiwan's national basketball team has recently renewed its roster for the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea after a naturalized player was deemed not eligible for the national squad as he does not meet the residency rules.
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Taiwan's E-2K airborne early-warning aircraft is scheduled to take part for the first time in emergency landing and takeoff drills on a section of highway in Southern Taiwan later this month.
According to the Chinese-language China Times, Taipei government-run bicycle rental service YouBike was featured in an article in the international magazine Global Traveler.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Taiwan -- FDA to start issuing fines from today
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated yesterday that if food manufacturers, shops and restaurants are found continuing to use polluted lard products from Chang Guann (強冠) and Gossho (合將), they will be fined between NT$60,000 and NT$50 million starting from 12:00 a.m. on Sept. 8.
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Kong Yen Biotech Co. Ltd. (Kong Yen, 台灣工研), one of the biggest and most famous food manufacturers in Taiwan and owners of the “Gassho” brand held a press conference yesterday acknowledging its involvement in the polluted oil case, apologizing to consumers and promising to recall all affected products as soon as possible.
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