Food Traceability Systems

This topic was moderated by Kenneth Yeh-Lin Chan, M.S. and Fuu Sheu, Ph.D. featured four lectures.


Kenneth Yeh-Lin Chan, Chairman, Taisun Enterprise Co., Ltd., Taiwan discussed food safety management challenges. Mr. Chan emphasized that communication between the government, regulatory authorities, and the food industry is essential in order to be able to quickly respond to a food safety incident. Mr. Chan noted that the implementation of food safety and food regulatory compliance processes must recognize the need for clear and ongoing communication between these entities, and stated that industry compliance is not just important to help the food industry avoid fines or shutdowns, but also to ensure the safety of food across the entire supply chain. Mr. Chan noted that compliance with food industry regulations and food safety protocols requires capturing information, accurately organizing and retaining the information, and quickly and efficiently analyzing and presenting it. Mr. Chan also emphasized that accurately capturing and recording this information can be challenging and time-consuming, and the food industry should consider implementing data-collection methods that lower time and costs involved.


Bev Postman, Ph.D., Executive Director, FIA, UK shared insights regarding global food safety regulatory alignment and discussed the work of Food Industry Asia (FIA) which was formed in 2010 in order to enable major food and beverage companies to collaborate on non-competitive issues such as food safety, food security, and nutrition. The organization acts as a pan-Asia hub for industry associations such as the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) to share best practices and engage with public bodies and other stakeholders at a regional level. Dr. Postman cited the example of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) created by the World Bank in 2012, the first public-private partnership dedicated to improving global food safety, focusing on middle income and developing countries.


Christie Lin, MBA, Consultant, Taiwan Food Industry Development Association Taiwan gave a presentation entitled, “Data Management Best Practices for Your Food Traceability Program.” Ms. Lin noted that food traceability programs require documentation that 1) identifies products; 2) provides one-step-back (one down), one-step-forward (one up) and internal traceability; and 3) supplies periodic internal checks of suppliers’ business to ensure traceability between raw material received by the supplier and final products.


Hiroshi Agehara, CEO & President, AgeTech & Brains Co., Ltd., Japan discussed business message standards for food traceability. Mr. Agehara cited recent food safety incidents in Japan originating from food hygiene concerns, and highlighted the importance for public health in Japan of having established a traceability system for beef and rice. Mr. Agehara shared several examples of how Japanese companies in the food industry share accountability information and discussed distribution methods of food safety and food hazard information to consumers. Mr. Agehara also noted the importance of clear roles, responsibilities, and relationships between government and industry actors in order to have clear plans for action in place in the event of a food safety incident. Mr. Agehara also discussed successful examples of food traceability infrastructure such as the standardization of EDI protocol in Japan.


FDA to tighten inspections after banned products found

Source: The China Post

By Sun Hsin Hsuan, The China Post
December 13, 2016, 12:22 am TWN

Food products imported from Japan will be inspected individually, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday, following the discovery of banned products in the market.

Radiation inspections at customs will be tightened to include small packages of sauce that are often sold along with larger food items, FDA Director-General Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美) said on Monday.

Food products from Fukushima, Gunma, Chiba, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures were banned in Taiwan over fears of radiation contamination in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown.

Small packages of soy sauce originating from Ibaraki were recently discovered in Taiwan, leading to an emergency recall of these products by the FDA on Sunday. The packets of soy sauce were sold as part of a set that contained a fermented soybean product, which came from another region.

Despite the Atomic Energy Council’s assertions that the soy sauce imported from Ibaraki was not contaminated, concerns about the FDA’s inability to ensure food safety made headlines in the news.

Package-by-package Inspections

Chiang said on Monday that the FDA had increased inspection standards at customs starting in November by examining every batch of imports.

Starting Monday, the FDA will increase the level of scrutiny on products with more complex packaging and will reject all products that contain components — such as soy sauce — that were manufactured in the five specified regions.

Those without labels will be asked for proof of their place of origin, Chiang said.

Food importers must check their own products and report to the FDA if any are found to have originated from nuclear-affected regions, Chiang said. Importers are subject to fines of between NT$30,000 and NT$3 million for selling banned food items.

The FDA launched a massive investigation on Monday, deploying inspectors from 22 health bureaus across the country to examine Japanese food products currently on the market.

The results of the investigation should be available within one week, Chiang said.

Executive Yuan: joint night market inspection, tracing ingredient sources and ensuring food safety

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The Executive Yuans Office of Food Safety held the “30th Meeting of the Food Safety Joint Inspection Task Force” today (August 18th), examining implementation results of Stage 2 of the “national night market joint inspection,” as well as discussing plans for the inspection of manufacturers for night market food ingredients and materials. The Executive Yuan indicated that Stage 2 of the joint inspection is combined with resources of central and local governments. It targets night markets with high publicity, numerous food stands, fixed locations, and regular business hours, and enforces inspection of high-risk items as well as food hygiene and safety, along with the tracing and examination of the movement of waste edible oil. Through regulating food stands’ ingredient sources and movement of waste edible oil, President Tsai’s policy prospects of “Ten Times More Inspections, Ten Times More Safety, Hundred-fold More Happiness” are thus fulfilled.
The Executive Yuans Food Safety Joint Inspection Task Force started the “national night market joint inspections” during March of this year (2016). Adopting the procedure of “visit first and then inspect,” inspections have proceeded in stages. In Stage 1, the Ministry of Economic Affairs joined forces with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Environmental Protection Administration, and local governments to visit popular night markets and promote personal hygiene, environmental health, utensil hygiene, equipment hygiene, ingredient sources, and the recycling of waste edible oil to vendors. On the basis of the joint inspection promotion system, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for supervising local governments’ visitations. According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ preliminary survey and statistics, there are about 276 publicly owned or private night markets in Taiwan. Visitation and promotion have been conducted in 216 night markets. It is expected that by the end of October this year, all of Taiwan’s night markets will have undergone visitation.
The Executive Yuan points out that Stage 2 of food safety inspection conducted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare has already been completed in 15 night markets in ten cities/counties of Taiwan. In addition to inspecting whether vendors met food safety and hygiene criteria, it also investigated manufacturers of high-risk raw materials (e.g. sauce, starch, and oil). Two hundred and sixty-nine night market vendors were inspected and verified as not using sauce, starch, or oil past their expiration date. Furthermore, sauces (e.g. thick soy sauce, chili sauce, and doubanjiang) and starch used by night market vendors were tested randomly in the regions of New Taipei City, Taichung City, and Kaohsiung City. A total of 37 samples (28 were of sauces and 9 were of starch) were tested, and among them the preservatives in two samples of chili sauce exceeded the specified limit. Therefore, these two cases have been remitted to local health bureaus.
The Executive Yuan stated that oil, vinegar, and thick soy sauce were included in the special inspection list. Thus the manufacturers of these items have higher inspection ratios, i.e. 100%, 94.4%, and 91.4% respectively. Regarding chili sauce and doubanjiang, because they come from diverse sources, manufacturers of these two items have lower inspection ratios, i.e. 81.4% and 75% respectively. Therefore, these two items are listed as the inspection focus of Stage 3.

During this inspection, the Environmental Protection Administration enforced the inspection of the movement of waste edible oil produced by vendors. A total of 102 vendors were found producing waste edible oil, with more than 90,000 kilograms of waste edible oil being produced each month. Currently, these vendors are required to deliver the oil to qualified channels for recycling in accordance with regulations concerned.
The Executive Yuan indicates that the results of Stage 2 of the investigation of high-risk raw materials shall be used in the planning of Stage 3 inspection, which will involve selecting and enforcing inspection of manufacturers with no business registration, no inspection records in the past or within two years, or with inspection records of not meeting requirements set by law. It is hoped that by tracing food material manufacturers from the consumers end, unregistered or potentially illegal food businesses can be tracked down so as to ensure consumers’ food safety.
The Executive Yuan stated that Taiwan is well known for its food. Therefore, night markets have always been major tourist destinations for international visitors as well as important culinary spots for locals. To fulfill the “source control” aspect of the “Five Links of Food Safety” reform program, the night market food safety joint inspection is being furthered by tracking down food ingredient manufacturers from food consumption venues. While promoting Taiwanese food culture, the program also turns Taiwan into an international model for food safety.



Food Traceability Systems

This topic was moderated by Kenneth Yeh-Lin Chan, M.S. and Fuu Sheu, Ph.D. featured four lectures.   Kenneth Yeh-Lin Chan, Chairman, Taisun Enterprise Co.,...


FDA to tighten inspections after banned products found

Source: The China Post By Sun Hsin Hsuan, The China Post December 13, 2016, 12:22 am TWN Food products imported from Japan will be inspected individually, the...


Executive Yuan: joint night market inspection, tracing ingredient sources and ensuring food safety

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