Tsai Ing-wen, KMT debate oil issues

By Joy Chang ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (���^��) said that the central and local governments should be committed to investigating the blunder Pingtung County Health Bureau made in the recent oil scandal, yesterday in Madou, Tainan. The Pingtung County Health Bureau’s delivery of official documents to Ting Hsin International Group (���s����), a culprit in the food scare, incited heated debate between the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Kuomintang (KMT). Tsai said that Pingtung County, led by DPP Pingtung County Commissioner Tsao Chi-hung (�����E), did not handle the food safety scandal properly, but Tsai still has faith in the DPP’s ability to govern.

President Ma Ying-jeou said that Cheng-I Food Co. Ltd. (���q�ѥ��������q) started to sell oil products mixed with animal feed oil before 2007, when the KMT was not in office. The KMT is dedicated to improving Taiwan’s food safety, especially since the scandal broke while the KMT is in power, Ma said. Ma added that the government should take responsibility for deficient food safety protocols and punish the culprits behind the oil scandals heavily. He also said that the government will inspect every kind of oil on the market, including imported food oil, animal feed oil and industrial oil, in order to pin down all possible unfit oil product suppliers.

Push for FDA to Conduct Systematic Investigation Scholars, doctors and NGOs yesterday said that people are still living in fear two months after the oil scandal broke, and they suggested that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, ���ĸp) conduct its investigation in a more systematic way.

The FDA announced its investigation results on Friday, stating that eight companies had bought oil from Ting Hsin and Chang Guann Co. (�j�a���~).

After Ting Hsin’s lard oil products were found to contain animal feed oil, the FDA checked with Vietnamese officials on the quality of the imported beef tallow on Oct. 13. The FDA waited for a response from the Vietnamese officials and delayed for 13 days before removing the questionable products containing beef tallow from shelves.

Chen Man-li (�����R), president of the Homemakers’ Union and Foundation (HUF, �D���p�����ҫO�@����), said that the FDA should be on high alert after discovering that the lard oil imported from Vietnam is unsuitable for human consumption and move on to inspecting other imported oil products right away.

Taiwan Association for Food Science and Technology (�x�W���~���ǧ޳N�Ƿ|) former Secretary-General Hsu Fu (�\��) suggested that the government should conduct a comprehensive inspection of every oil product supplier.

Yen Tsung-hai (�C�v��), a toxicologist at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, said that the government should test for more harmful substances in the oil products.