Food safety a main fo­cus at Taipei Int’l Food Show

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY JOHN LIU

In light of food safety con­cerns in the coun­try and around the world, the gov­ern­ment is as­sist­ing com­pa­nies in es­tab­lish­ing source con­trol and track­ing mech­a­nisms to en­sure food qual­ity, and dif­fer­ent sec­tions are set up at the Taipei In­ter­na­tional Food Show (Food Taipei) to demon­strate Tai­wan’s re­solve to en­sure food safety.

The mega show, which com­bines food, pro­cess­ing equip­ment, hos­pi­tal­ity and halal ex­hi­bi­tions, is the big­gest in size com­pared with shows in past years. More than 1,640 busi­nesses are pre­sent­ing their prod­ucts at more than 3,920 booths. It of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case Tai­wan’s qual­ity food to the world.

The gov­ern­ment val­ues food safety very much, and the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs has launched a new pro­gram that will as­sist lo­cal com­pa­nies in strength­en­ing self-man­age­ment and es­tab­lish­ing com­pre­hen­sive source trac­ing and track­ing sys­tems to en­sure food safety, said Vice Eco­nom­ics Min­is­ter Cho Shih-chao ( ) at the show’s open­ing cer­e­mony, yesterday.

A des­ig­nated food trac­ing area has been set up in the show. The aim is to help Tai­wan’s food com­pa­nies con­nect with the world.

Source con­trol and man­age­ment has been the fo­cus of in­ter­na­tional food com­pa­nies. Tai­wanese firms must do the same in or­der to es­tab­lish Tai­wan as a “king­dom of safe and tasty food,” Cho said.

Tai­wan’s Boom­ing

Food In­dus­try

Ad­vances in food- pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy and im­prove­ment in agri­cul­tural prod­ucts have fa­cil­i­tated progress in other busi­nesses in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, such as ho­tels and restau­rants.

The boom­ing de­vel­op­ment in the food sup­ply chain ren­ders one of the few ter­tiary in­dus­tries that are “rooted in Tai­wan,” Cho said.

Peter W.J. Huang ( ), pres­i­dent and CEO of the Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil, said Food Taipei is the only trade show in Asia that show­cases the whole food sup­ply chain.

The five big draws of the show, ac­cord­ing to Huang, are the record num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions, the first ever “in­ter­na­tional wine sec­tion,” one-on-one pro­cure­ment meet­ings to con­nect buy­ers and sellers, cut­ting-edge food-pro­cess­ing equip­ment, and

halal food ex­hi­bi­tion.

Em­pha­sis on Food Safety

Coun­tries around the world now place great im­por­tance on food safety. It World Health year.

Var­i­ous food safety sec­tions can be found at the food show. Among is a fo­cus of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion this them is a des­ig­nated food safety area at the Tai­wan Pav­il­ion, which serves as a tes­ti­mony of Tai­wan’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to es­tab­lish a com­pre­hen­sive mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem to en­sure food safety, said Min­is­ter with­out Port­fo­lio Yeh Shin-cheng ( ).

In ad­di­tion to putting food track­ing, trac­ing and a three-tier qual­ity con­trol sys­tem in place, the gov­ern­ment has also uti­lized in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy to beef up food con­trol and man­age­ment, Yeh said.

(Left) Vice Eco­nom­ics Min­is­ter Cho Shih-chao ( ), fifth left, Min­is­ter with­out Port­fo­lio Yeh Shin-cheng ( ), sixth left, and Peter W.J. Huang ( ), pres­i­dent and CEO of the Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil, fifth right, pose for a photo at the Taipei In­ter­na­tional Food Show’s open­ing cer­e­mony, yesterday.

CNA/Mor­gan Lin, The China Post

(Above) The Honduran del­e­ga­tion pose in front of their booth at the 2015 Food Taipei, yesterday. The four-day expo, run­ning from June 24 to 27 fea­tures a di­verse range of food prod­ucts from around the world. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the expo’s web­site: http://www.food­taipei.com.tw

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