Taipei, May 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday urged government agencies to explain Taiwan's latest food scare involving tainted starch to the international media and reassure the country's trade partners.
Ma said the banned industrial starch ingredient recently discovered in local foods has raised renewed concerns in the international community about food safety in the country.
He instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs to organize a press conference for international media as soon as possible and explain Taiwan's strategy in handling the issue.
Ma also directed the Foreign Ministry and the trade bureau to brief foreign envoys stationed in Taiwan on the matter, and he urged the diplomats to convey the "most accurate and authoritative" information to their home countries.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Jamie Wang)