As part of Taiwan’s forward-looking infrastructure plan, which has a phase-one budget of NT$100 billion (US$3.29 billion) for four years, the government plans to invest NT$5 billion in a new state-of-the-art facility for the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to improve food security, Apple Daily reported.
DPP legislator Wu Kuen-yuh (吳焜裕) posted questions on Facebook, which have since been removed from his page, pertaining to the FDA’s plan. He requested the FDA to clarify to the public how this new facility would improve food safety.
The FDA posted a notice on its website explaining its plans for the new facility and the need to improve food product testing in Taiwan.
Wu added that the public should know what tests would be used to improve improve food safety and how they could solve the problem of issues that arise. He also asked whether Taiwan has sufficient qualified workers to staff the new facility or whether the FDA planned on providing training for the current talent pool.
Other legislators Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) of the New Power Party and Helen Chang (張花冠) of the DPP have questioned the need for a new facility when there is already one in Chiayi and another facility in Taipei’s Nangang, according to another article.
The FDA plans to spend NT$27 million on a feasibility assessment and another NT$2.1 billion to establish a laboratory with at least 12 testing centers. The FDA wants the new facility to be 16,000 to 20,000 ping (569,000 to 711,500 sq.ft.) to fulfill the administration’s needs for the next 30 to 50 years.
The infrastructure plan is currently in negotiations at the Legislative Yuan and is expected to clear the floor in August, with second and third readings of the plan scheduled for late in the month. The budget for the first stage of the plan passed the first reading last Wednesday.