On 10 December 2019, the Executive Yuan’s Office of Food Safety held a meeting to review the results of five major food safety policies and enhance Taiwan’s mechanisms for food safety management. Suggestions from all sides were collected in order to improve relevant policies and maintain food safety for the public.
The meeting was also attended by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Council of Agriculture, the EPA, and the Ministry of Education. Other invitees included members of the Executive Yuan Food Safety Committee, experts, scholars, legislators, as well as representatives from civic and industry organizations.
Looking back on the 2018 meeting, policies concerning care and handling of eggs, ingredient control for liquid eggs, use of domestically produced, traceable produce and food for school lunch were all well recognized by the attendees. Many suggestions as well as references for future policies were offered.
There were many exchanges in this year’s meeting concerning the following: reviewing the five major food safety policies’ implementation and results, sanitary control for the breakfast industry, and strengthening source control in agriculture. Other topics included pushing f o r expedited mass spectrometry, school lunch quality control measures and future improvement, source control and risk communication for chemical substances with potential risks on food safety. All participants showed determination to safeguard Taiwan’s food safety.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (1)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)