Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the first meeting of the Food Safety Commission on March 16. The commission intends to address food safety issues and public concern, which may include false rumors pertaining to toxic tomatoes.
The meeting reviewed a progress report on the implementation of a transparent food safety system and enforcement of regulations on cooking oil recycling. The meeting also discussed the proposed Food Safety Self-governance Ordinance of Taipei and the introduction of a hygiene rating system governing the sale of food and drinks for the industry.
Ko added that consultation with Food and Drug Administration will be preferable before any food safety rules are implemented, to ensure uniform standards are adopted by both the city and the central governments.
The meeting coincides with a report on Tuesday from the Child Welfare League Foundation that states more than 70% of elementary school students have an unhealthy diet.
Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government