Premier addresses staff of new food safety bureau

Premier Lin Chuan says the government is determined to ensure food safety. Lin was speaking Friday while inspecting the Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau under the Environmental Protection Administration.

The bureau was set up in late December. It aims to better manage and control hazardous substances and stop pollutants from entering the food chain.

A series of food safety scandals including tainted cooking oil and toxic starch prompted the government to strengthen safety checks last June. They include measures such as the monitoring of the origin of food products, tightened inspections, tougher punishments for producers as well as public scrutiny.

Lin called on bureau staff to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring food safety. He said food safety scandals hurt Taiwan's image and its reputation for good food.

Source: Radio Taiwan International