‘Five rings of food safety’ to safeguard public health: premier

  • Date: 2016-06-22
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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In  response  to  the  numerous  food-safety  incidents  of  recent  years  that  have  raised  public  concerns,  the  administration  has  put  forward  the  “five  rings  of  food  safety”  reform  program,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  stated  today  at  the  opening  ceremony  of  the  2016  Taipei  International  Food  Show’s  “Technology  and  Food  Safety”  pavilion.

The  five  rings  are  as  follows:
1.  Exercise  control  at  the  source:  Collect  data  and  implement  containment  if  any  problem  arises  in  
     food  importation  or  production.
2.  Reestablish  production-management  histories:  Enable  shoppers  to  use  a  product’s  data  to  trace  
     information  concerning  the  producers,  distributors  and  production  process.
3.  Boost  the  government’s  inspection  capabilities:  Raise  the  frequency  and  intensity  of  inspections.
4.  Impose  heavier  responsibilities  on  producers  and  manufacturers.
5.  Encourage  and  create  oversight  platforms:  Allow  citizens  and  consumers  to  oversee  every  detail  of  
     food  production  processes  and  to  acquire  ample  information  about  the  possible  problems  for  each  
     food  product.

The  administration  will  make  food  safety  a  top  administrative  priority,  Lin  emphasized.  He  expects  the  reform  program  to  be  implemented  as  soon  as  possible  and  said  it  should  be  actively  carried  out  by  all  relevant  ministries,  including  the  Council  of  Agriculture,  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare,  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs,  Ministry  of  Finance,  Ministry  of  Education  (MOE)  and  Environmental  Protection  Administration.

The  MOE  must  especially  pay  attention  to  elementary  and  junior  high  school  students’  food  safety  and  health,  and  ensure  that  school  lunches  are  made  and  served  in  sanitary  environments,  the  premier  added.

The  “Technology  and  Food  Safety”  pavilion  will  be  open  in  Hall  1,  Section  J  of  the  Nangang  Exhibition  Center  from  June  22  to  25,  the  Executive  Yuan  stated.  Access  is  free  of  charge,  and  visitors  are  welcome  to  bring  along  their  families  to  participate  in  the  challenging  food-safety  question-and-answer  games  held  each  day  of  the  exhibition.