Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor visits I-Mei Foods factory
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-03-07 05:31 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Lee Yung-te visited an I-Mei Foods Co., Ltd. factory in Taoyuan County Friday to understand more about food safety.

He was accompanied on his special trip from Kaohsiung to the Nankan plant by a 12-member delegation including Kaohsiung City Department of Health Director Ho Chi-kung and other agency heads. I-Mei Foods President Luis Ko welcomed the delegation to the plant and personally showed them around the site and the laboratories.

Lee and his group toured the tourist plant, the history museum, the do-it-yourself educative area, the eco-park and the bread and cake production line. He discussed technical cooperation between I-Mei and Kaohsiung, and later also visited the testing facility with its laboratory equipment, where he heard and discussed a report about the past, present and future of food safety and hygiene.

Ko described food fraud as a global problem. China used a chemical food production process, while Japan was known for its additives, he said, adding that the public in Europe and America was being fooled by misleading descriptions of the origin of their foods.

The problems emphasized the need to use food forensics to discern what was real and what was false, according to Ko. Even though Taiwan’s government disposed of sophisticated testing equipment for items like plasticizers and lean-meat drugs, its capability to judge the test results was still problematic, he said.

The company’s testing facility succeeded in presenting accurate results to the government for consideration, Ko said. The site was also almost ready to add food DNA and genetic modification testing equipment, I-Mei said.

Lee praised the food group for the attention it paid to the production process and to environmental factors and for the advanced capabilities of its testing equipment. He explained that the Kaohsiung City Government had formed a food security taskforce which was working on managing the origins of food, agricultural and fisheries products. The group would also manage the flow of food products and improve testing capabilities, the city official said.

The visit to I-Mei’s Nankan plant had contributed to the city’s understanding of the importance and practical side of food security issues, Lee concluded.

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