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Food Safety Office begins operations

2014/10/22 09:43:59

Incoming Health Minister Chiang Been-huang (center) and the acting director of the Food Safety Office, Tsai Shu-chen (left).

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) A Cabinet-level Food Safety Office began operations Wednesday to tighten fool control and ease the public's fear in the wake of a spate of cooking oil scandals in recent months.

The new office, tasked with 20-25 experts and officials from various agencies, such as the Council of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, is an upgrade of the Executive Yuan's food safety promotion task force.

The government said it will be a driving force in cracking down on substandard food products across the country and in food safety management across ministries and departments.

Chiang Been-huang, the minister-designate of health and welfare, is set to assume office later the same day.

Taiwan has faced major cooking oil scares in the past two months, with lard-based oils sold on the market found to contain oil extracted from recycled kitchen and industrial waste in one case and oils meant for use in animal feed in another, triggering public outrage.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Flor Wang)
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