Health minister criticized for flip-flopping on U.S. pork issue

▲陳時中昨(8)日表示,深夜掛網應該只是行政作業的需要,而未來對於所有有添加豬油的產品都會朝向要標示的方向進行。(圖/記者朱永強攝,2020.09.08)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) downplayed on Tuesday an administrative procedure exempting labeling for bulk packaged food products, stressing that authorities will work toward labeling all products containing pork fat in the future.

The minister was responding to the last-minute announcement made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食品藥物管理署) a day earlier that drew a backlash online.

The aforesaid post, which was published at 11 p.m. on Monday, contradicted the minister’s statements on Sep. 4, promising that all U.S. pork products would be clearly labeled in the future.  

To appease the public, Chen announced at an event on Tuesday that the post was merely a demonstrative structure of how they wish to proceed, as opposed to concrete plans and regulations. 

However, Chen added, time is needed to communicate with the public and ensure that all product manufacturers properly label their merchandise.