Sunday, 9 October 2011

News Brief: Govt agencies censured over food scare

The Taipei Times reported yesterday that three government agencies were censured by the Control Yuan for poor supervision of the use of plasticizers, which it said caused a food scare earlier this year and led to at least NT$11.4 billion (US$370 million) in losses for the food industry.
The Executive Yuan (“Cabinet”), Department of Health, and Environmental Protection Administration were reprimanded and told to investigate specific officials accused of dereliction of duty.
The Control Yuan, the nation’s watchdog, also suggested that Food and Drug Administration inspector Yang Ming-yu (楊明玉) be rewarded for discovering the banned plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in bottled beverages and dairy products.

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