Taiwan to establish database for food

Author: Lawrence Chung, SCMP [Hong Kong], Published on: 8 June 2011

Taiwan's cabinet is planning to set up a cross-departmental mechanism to monitor food manufacturing in the wake of the island's worse food- safety scandal in 30 years. Known as the Food Traceability System, the online project would require food makers to access a database set up by the government and enter all information concerning raw materials, processing and additives…Taiwanese authorities found that several major suppliers, including the prime culprit, Yu Shen Chemical, had used industrial plasticisers instead of palm oil to produce a clouding agent that was meant to enhance the flavour and appearance of a number of products… So far, more than 961 products from 280 companies have been found to contain the tainted additive. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and bakeries are among the latest companies unknowingly caught up in the scandal. But perhaps more alarming were local media reports that the tainted additive had been used in Taiwan for up to three decades…

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