DPP head demands China’s compensation over scandal


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen demanded Tuesday that China compensate Taiwan consumers and companies for the problems caused by its export of tainted milk products to the country, and that the Chinese government issue a formal apology over the food scare.

The apology offered Monday by China’s quasi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) to Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) was not sincere and the Chinese government should publicly apologize and put forward feasible measures to compensate Taiwan’s consumers and businesses hit by the scare over melamine-tainted milk powder and other food items, said Tsai.

The melamine contamination in Taiwan was first detected in mid-September in a Chinese brand of milk powder and since then the list of similarly tainted food items has expanded, causing panic and outrage among local consumers.