New Development of Food Safety Regulation


This topic was moderated by Been Huang Chiang, Ph.D. and Chih Hsien Chiu. The discussion featured two lectures.


Chao-Kai Hsu, Director, Laboratory, Department of Health, Taipei City Government, Taiwan, discussed the recent amendments to The Act Governing Food Sanitation in Taiwan.


In 2013, the Act Governing Food Sanitation was amended in Taiwan. Targets of the amendment focused on four parts: 1) creating three chapters of the Act to enhance the management of risks regarding imported food and examinations of imported food; 2) reinforcing management of food businesses by building a comprehensive food traceability system and announcing new food labeling regulations; 3) increasing penalties for food safety violations; and 4) increasing consideration of compensation for consumer damages, including protection rights for reporters.


Boon Yee Yeong, M.S., Executive Director, ILSI Southeast Asia Region, Singapore, discussed harmonization of food safety standards in ASEAN and experiences, challenges, and opportunities related to this harmonization.


ASEAN countries have progressively worked to harmonize food safety standards between and among themselves in order to ensure a stable supply of safe food within the region. The ASEAN Expert Group on Food Safety (AEGFS) plays a critical role in realizing food safety standards harmonization objectives by building capacity among ASEAN Member States in different areas of food safety. Yeong indicated that the ability to streamline the work of the different ASEAN working groups would greatly help in achieving ASEAN’s food safety standards harmonization objectives.