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Opposition lawmaker proposes amendments to food safety act

Opposition lawmaker proposes amendments to food safety act

An opposition party lawmaker Sunday outlined a proposed amendment to the food safety act, focusing on the transparency of inspection results and the speedy government action against companies that fail food safety checks.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Yao Wen-chih’s proposal to amend Article 29 of the Act Governing Food Sanitation came amid official discussions on the safety of ractopamine.
As the leanness-enhancing drug is allowed in the United States but outlawed in Taiwan, U.S. beef found to contain the drug has been banned from entering Taiwan. The beef issue between the two countries has become the source of much heated debate.
The draft amendment requires regulators to publish food safety inspection results on a monthly basis to ensure the public remains informed, Yao said.
Local governments responsible for carrying out inspections should increase the frequency of food safety checks when necessary and publish the results immediately, according to Yao’s draft bill.
Yao also criticized the government for being slow in following its own regulations introduced in November 2009, which stipulate that beef importers’ operations should be immediately suspended if tainted products have been discovered twice among their supplies.
Thus, Yao proposed to amend Article 29 to include the government’s current regulations to ensure swift action to safeguard the public’s health.
In addition, Yao’s proposal suggests the suspension regulation be expanded to include any food product that poses a health risk, and gives the Legislature the power to decide which product falls into this category.


Updated : 2021-01-21 12:57 GMT+08:00