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.

Flour additives can pose health risk: FDA

Source: Taipei Times  ( http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/07/25/2003651758 )

CHEWY TEXTURE:One of the chemicals used can also be found in yoga mats and shoe soles, and the additive is banned in Europe and Australia, a nephrologist said

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

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Many flour products contain azodicarbonamide (ADA) and benzoyl peroxide (BPO) — which are legal additives in Taiwan — and the chemicals can have adverse effects in some people, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, adding that it will evaluate whether regulations should be amended.

A report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily newspaper yesterday said that the color and texture of chewy white bread and white noodles can be induced by flour containing BPO and ADA, which were approved in food production more than 20 years ago.

Commenting on the report, Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital nephrologist Yen Tzung-hai (顏宗海) said that “BPO is a flour bleaching agent and ADA is a quality improvement agent that is used as a foaming agent to make dough rise faster.”

ADA is also used in yoga mats and shoe soles to increase elasticity, and the chemical is banned as a food additive in Europe and Australia, Yen said, adding that the use of BPO as a food additive is banned in Europe and China.

BPO breaks down to benzoic acid and oxygen, Yen said, adding that people with weak liver function might have difficulty metabolizing benzoic acid, children who are exposed to benzoic acid might have higher risks of developing attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and BPO can trigger allergic reactions or asthma in some people.

Taiwan allows the use of ADA in food products at levels below 45 parts per million (ppm) and BPO at levels below 60ppm, but the chemicals must be listed on product labels.

“Food companies that do not reveal [the use of BPO or ADA] on their labels may face a fine between NT$40,000 and NT$4 million [US$1,247 and US$124,727],” FDA Division of Food Safety official Hsu Chao-kai (許朝凱) said.

“To decide whether the chemicals should be removed from the list of food additives or whether regulations need to be amended to tighten standards, [the agency] will need to conduct more evaluations,” Hsu said.

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Egg products found to contain nicarbazin: FDA

Source: Taipei Time (http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/07/19/2003651351)

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

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A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of meat and poultry products found residues of the chemical nicarbazin in two types of chicken egg products and one type of duck egg product.

The agency conducted the random inspection of 118 meat or poultry products at wholesale markets, egg farms, hyperrmarkets and supermarkets between March and May, testing for 126 types of drugs used on animals.

The products tested included 15 pork products, 20 meatball products, 42 chicken egg products, 16 duck egg products, 20 cow milk products and five goat milk products.

FDA Central Center for Regional Administration official Chen Tzu-ling (陳姿伶) said the affected chicken egg products were from Yu Chuan Farm (宇泉牧場) and Chang Hsiung Farm (章雄畜牧場), both in Pingtung County; and the duck eggs were from Hsing Lung Farm (興隆畜牧場) in Taichung.

Nicarbazin is a legal feed additive that contains a veterinary drug of a low toxicity, but it can cause harm to the kidneys if the concentration is high, the FDA said.

Council of Agriculture regulations stipulate that nicarbazin with a concentration between 100 parts per million (ppm) and 200ppm can be added to chicken feed, but chickens cannot be fed with nicarbazin within five days before products are brought to market and that feed containing nicarbazin cannot be given to egg-producing hens, the FDA said.

Chen said 2,732 eggs containing nicarbazin residue have been recalled and destroyed, and the farms could be fined between NT$60,000 and NT$200 million (US$1,874 and US$624,531), according to the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation (食品安全衛生管理法).

 

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