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