Updated Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:42 am TWN, CNA
Pact on food safety helps: DOH
Source of Article: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2008/11/05/181769/Pact-on.htm
order to enhance communication on food safety issues between
the agreement, both sides of the
The agreement also helps protect victims’ rights and enhance cross-strait experts’ exchanges on such issues.
In addition,convenient conditions and assistance will be provided when the other side conducts on-the-spot investigations. The agreement will go into effect in a week.
food safety is not ensured, tainted food products will cause damage to not
Chen Shu-kong, director-general of the Bureau of Food and Drug Analysis under the DOH, who was also one of Taiwan’s representatives attending the Chiang-Chen meeting, noted that information about food safety will no longer be “secrets in a black box” once the agreement is signed.
said that when food safety events occurred in the past,
“Now we can directly contact Chinese officials in charge of food safety, which was unimaginable before,” he said.
He added that the transparency of food safety will push Chinese food producers to enhance safety standards and the authorities to amend food safety regulations, a win-win result for consumers of the two sides of the strait.
to the DOH,
recent years, many food imported from
In addition to the agreement on food safety, Chiang and Chen also signed other agreements to expand cross-strait air links and set up shipping and postal links.
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