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Majority of meat factories substandard: FDA

TAIPEI -- Only two out of a total of 86 meat factories across Taiwan have managed to pass food safety standards, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday, demanding immediate improvements.

The majority of meat factories have failed food safety regulations, including two crucial food management systems upon which consumers rely — Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) — the FDA said.

The HACCP is a set of measures designed to prevent food products from various hazards during production, while the GHP is supposed to guarantee food safety from production, storage to sale.

Only two meat suppliers passed the tests, while 69 others reported minor flaws and will be supervised to make sure improvements are made, according to the agency.

The remaining 15 factories were well short of required standards and have been instructed to improve within a certain time period, it said.

"Most of the problems we have seen are related to the environments in which products are kept," said administration official Hsu Chin-feng.

Those problems could include a hole in a window screen or a stain on the floor, which can be easily fixed, he said.

In terms of tests on food additives, meanwhile, 30 percent of the factories failed, as they do not maintain professional management systems, the FDA said.

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