Food safety will be a major topic of
when Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of Taiwan's semi-official
Exchange Foundation (SEF), meets with his Chinese counterpart
Yunlin early next month, Department of Health
(DOH) Minister Yeh
told reporters that Chiang and Chen, president of China's Association for Relations Across
the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) , are expected to sign
an agreement under which both sides of the Taiwan
Strait will establish a mechanism to ensure food safety.
is scheduled to arrive in Taipei
Nov. 3 for a five-day visit at the invitation of Chiang for a second
round of talks between them. They last met in Beijing in June.
pointed out that there is already a dialogue channel between the
Cabinet-level DOH and the Ministry of Health of China, and that health
officials from the two sides have already reached consensus on the text
of the agreement to be finalized and signed at the meeting.
to Yeh, under the proposed food safety
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
should strictly enforce the same standards for food exports to Taiwan, the United
States, Europe and Japan.
addition, he added, the DOH will set up a food and drug administration to
stop the import of all substandard food products from China at Taiwan's borders.
mechanism will allow for compensation to those who have suffered harm and
losses due to toxic and substandard food imports from China, Yeh said.
Taiwan's food sector has suffered a
series of blows as a result of the importation of melamine-tainted food
products, including milk power, protein powder and ammonium bicarbonate
-- a bread raising agent -- from China.
Many coffee shops and
bakeries have complained that the melamine scare has caused them to lose
up to 50 percent of their business.