Taiwanese cuisine an international draw

  • Date: 2016-08-05
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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At  the  2016  Taiwan  Culinary  Exhibition  today,  Vice  Premier  Lin  Hsi-yao  pledged  the  government’s  continued  efforts  in  promoting  Taiwan  cuisine  to  international  tourists  and  making  food  safer  and  healthier  for  consumers.

Taiwan’s  food  culture  is  recognized  the  world  over,  Lin  said  at  the  exhibition  opening  in  Taipei.  Aside  from  tasty  foods,  international  tourists  are  also  drawn  to  the  island’s  friendly  people,  hospitality,  safe  public  environment  and  convenient  transportation.

The  new  administration  has  attached  great  importance  to  food  safety  since  it  took  office  in  May,  the  vice  premier  said.  During  President  Tsai  Ing-wen’s  election  campaign  last  year,  she  proposed  several  strategies  that  have  today  become  the  government’s  five  major  policies  for  strengthening  food  safety.

Foremost  among  the  five  policies  is  controlling  the  quality  of  food  at  the  source  of  the  supply,  Lin  explained.  This  is  important  because  the  public  is  most  concerned  about  harmful  chemicals  that  may  have  been  added  during  the  food  production  process.  The  new  government  is  therefore  setting  up  a  toxins  and  chemical  substances  bureau  and  activating  reserve  funds  to  improve  controls  at  the  source.

Next  most  important  is  controlling  the  quality  of  food  during  the  production  process,  the  vice  premier  said,  suggesting  that  inspection  capacity  for  riskier  substances  such  as  pesticides  in  fruits  and  vegetables  be  expanded  by  as  much  as  tenfold.  Agencies  should  also  amend  regulations  to  impose  stiffer  punishment  on  unscrupulous  food  businesses.  The  new  government’s  policy  is  that  Taiwan’s  food  should  be  not  only  delicious  but  also  safe  for  consumers.

This  year’s  culinary  exhibition  is  the  largest  in  Taiwan’s  history,  full  of  special  offerings,  Vice  Premier  Lin  said.  He  hoped  that  participants  will  enjoy  Taiwan’s  culinary  delights  and  tell  their  friends  back  home  so  that  more  people  will  come  to  know  of  Taiwan’s  fine  food  culture.