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  長庚醫院毒物科主任, Univ. of London博士殷宗海M.D.呼籲: 「儘量減少外食 ! ( ref. to 著作<食品不安全的年代如何自保> , April 2016 ( page 72 )

 蘋果日報 11-20-2017 :世界各國的食安法規都是愈訂愈嚴格唯獨台灣打算使用愈訂愈鬆的法這樣台灣美食王國的美譽如何重現? (brief) /  by 邱致穎, 東海大學食品科學系教師 農推中心主任  ( TungHai University )

   中天(5-17-2017, 19:33): "台灣還有啥可吃  民眾愈食愈不安";  民視(5-18-2017, 11:52am): 5星級飯店 13食材經查過期...

台灣農藥殘留容許量'剛修改放寬為歐盟1000倍 The  limit-amount  (ppm, part per million) of pesticide  residue are restricted to in Taiwan is 1000 times that in Europe,  包含 plasticisers 的第四類"毒性"化學物質更名為"關注化學物質"  / The China Times, Opinion <短評 "台灣越來越毒>, 4-21-2017   ps: rename-policy paused / LTN 4-22-2017

戴奧辛(Dioxin)污染12年未斷, 政府只做末端, 未控管源頭污染物流入環境 / 蘋果日報 頭條 4-22-2017  政府把關 完全崩盤 /民視新聞 4-22-2017 13:59pm

TTV (台視 2-11-2017  12:24pm) news reports: 外食族當心!!  高溫油炸物, 朔膠便當容器, 藥殘留,可能致癌; 小心食物內含硼砂, 螢光增白劑, 藥殘留, 朔化劑,  吊白塊...  天然食物較佳

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 《食安法》再度修法加重刑責。但食安風暴仍方興未艾   重大事件就有:違法添加二甲基黃的毒豆乾、化工原料泡製的毒海帶、隱匿來自日本輻射區的連鎖店食品、添加工業級碳酸鎂的黑心胡椒粉、驗出致癌孔雀綠的蒲燒鰻及殘留  DDT的茶飲料事件等。最近,又爆發連鎖賣場廚餘流向不明,回收廚餘疑似流入食品供應鏈的醜聞 蘋果日報11-20-2015 ,<食品犯罪為何前仆後繼> / NTU 林鈺雄 自由時報9-4-2016: 又見黑心醬料, 已流入北部小吃店, 早餐店, 夜市...

   政府經歷最大的選舉挫敗後不痛改前非根據 商業周刊No.1436(六月號, 2015)評論: 「奇怪耶食安只管金針乾、菜脯與蜜餞」
    
台大
吳焜裕教授認為「完全沒有抓到重點」「三項都是非常低風險產品」以及台灣食安只口號」(蘋果日報, 3-28-2015  http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20150328/582381/)

食安有地雷  餐飲業未標過敏原 可能引起心血管疾病 cardiovascular disease, 休克shock, 蕁痲疹Urticaria, cough, skin redness & swelling, etc.   過敏原食物包括 shrimp, crab, fish, octopus, squid, egg, milk, 堅果花生, wheat, 黃豆, 奇異果kiwit, mango, etc.    台灣盛行率 10.16% 人口 (Liberty Times, 7-25-2016)

聯合報 (7-22-2015) : 污染+食安 不孕因素男女翻轉;   (6-26-2015) : 台灣食安風暴是逼走麥當勞的四大根本原因之首

 

國際主要媒體,如美國紐約時報與英國經濟學人雜誌,紛紛報導 一再出包的食安風暴,是導致國民黨政府自1949年退守台灣以來,最大的選舉挫敗原因之一Major world media like The New York Times and The Economist (11.29.2014) comment a series of food safety scandals is one of few main factors causing the KMT, Taiwan's ruling party, has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats since Chiang Kai-shek and his forces fled to the island at the end of Chinese civil war in 1949.
The New York Times (9.8.2014): the new scandal  (Taiwan food-safety scare) shows that there is still not enough being done to eliminate lawbreaking production lines.  TIME  ( 9.8.2014): Gutter Oil' Scandal Raises Food-Safety Fears Once Again in Greater China.   Bloomberg BusinessWeek  (9.8.2014): Tainted Lard: China's Latest Food-Safety Scare Comes From Taiwan.  BBC news (Nov. 19, 2013): A series of food safety scandals in Taiwan has hurt consumer confidence, and now there are worries they could dent the island's economic growth and damage tourism.  United Daily News (headline news, Dec. 31, 2013): "food scare" ranks number 1 news of 2013 in Taiwan The Economist (UK) commented :  Taiwan's former reputation as a reliable and safe food manufacturing country has been damaged...  The China Times (Taiwan, Nov. 30, 2013) states black-heart food, risks and traps are everywhere, and comments Taiwan government is short of will-power, ability, and resolution to combat illegal targets, high ranking officials are afraid of political responsibility and damaging export & business.

 



 

pic. above: Feed-animal oil for humans ?
Public anger, Taiwan's Judiciary died already / the China Times, 11-28-2015.
The darkest day in Taiwan food safety history / the Liberty Times, 11-28-2015.
 

 

pic. above: 90.12% Taiwanese don't agree the trial decision: Tinghsin int'l group<頂新> selling processed feed-animal oil was acquitted of the charge / head-page of Apple Daily, 11-28-2015

 The China Times (12-14-2015):The legislative Yuan trickily made some law to cover big financial groups, food scare already turned into a terrorist in Taiwan...  Former supreme-court grand justice Chen (城仲模) expressed most Taiwanese don't trust the judicial system.
The Liberty Times (11-30-2015): Food safety still is a decisive factor to win presidential election (headline).  Taipei mayor Ko comments food-safety is a decisive factor for KMT to loss election in 2014, most likely in 2016 too. 

 

 

Taiwanese government should be responsible for the mess !

★  The Liberty Times 自由時報   10.27.2016 /     97+% of soybeans that Taiwan imported is G.M. (genetic modified基改) soybeans

 The China Times 6.23.2013

Taiwan imports pigs' food for human kinds in Taiwan台灣進口豬食給人吃

90% of soybeans that Taiwan imported is G.M. (genetic modified) soybeans, which contains the herbicide may be carcinogenic to human beings, and is prohibited by Europe Union and Japan, etc, in those places G.M. soybeans are usually for feeding pigs.

 

★  聯合報   9.6.2016

...國際食品安全管理的潮流,強調「從農場到餐桌(From Farm To Table)」的全生命周期管理模式,... ,政府應加強推動「源頭管理」與「流向追蹤」認證,而非僅依賴產品檢驗,這才是食品安全未來應努力的方向。

 brief(楊志良)

★  The Apple Daily  "Food safety crisis is terrorists attack too" 11.19.2015 ("食安危機也是一種恐怖攻擊"by Chang S.Y. 張勝源)

            The percentage of pesticides residue in a random food-safety check in major supermarkets (Costco, RT-mart, Carrefo, Welcome, 松青, 愛買 ) recently is up to 69%, some containing some hyper-toxic (劇毒) pesticides (also in head-line head-page of the Liberty Times, 11-13-2015).  They also check some stores advertising their stuffs nature and found 5~10 different kinds of pesticides  residue.

★  The Apple Daily  "Why food crime never stop?" 11.20.2015 ("食品犯罪為何前撲後繼", by NTU law school professor Lin 林鈺雄)

           《食安法》再度修法加重刑責。但食安風暴仍方興未艾   重大事件就有:違法添加二甲基黃的毒豆乾、化工原料泡製的毒海帶、隱匿來自日本輻射區的連鎖店食品、添加工業級碳酸鎂的黑心胡椒粉、驗出致癌孔雀綠的蒲燒鰻及殘留  DDT的茶飲料事件等。最近,又爆發連鎖賣場廚餘流向不明,回收廚餘疑似流入食品供應鏈的醜聞。...法制(剝奪不法利得)如此落後,寢食自是難安

日本核災食品闖台
    
 
Taipei Times, 3-26-2015: (日本施壓  台灣考慮開禁) Taiwan review Fukushima food ban under Japan's pressure.      United Daily, 7-22-2015: Taiwan plans to lift food ban for 4 out of 5 Japanese nuclear-polluted cities next week. 
       ◎ 蘋果日報 3-26-2015:日本施壓...輸台4年  "拿人民當實驗"
       ◎ 自由時報 3-25-2015: 立委控衛部蓄意殺人    ◎蘋果日報 3-25-2015: 可惡!政府隱匿49天才曝光  

The New York times 9.8.2014: The authorities in Taiwan are scrambling to control a tainted-cooking-oil scandal that has affected hundreds of manufacturers and raised fears about health risks posed in many commonly consumed food items... the new scandal shows that there is still not enough being done to eliminate lawbreaking production lines,” The Taipei Times said ...
         TIME   9.8.2014: Gutter Oil' Scandal Raises Food-Safety Fears Once Again in Greater China      A Taiwanese food-safety scare has spread to Hong Kong...
         Bloomberg BusinessWeek  9.8.2014: Tainted Lard: China's Latest Food-Safety Scare Comes From Taiwan       The case is the second major food-safety scandal by a Taiwan-based company in the past year,...The new gutter-oil scandal has “shocked local consumers” in Taiwan who expect more from their government, ...“I hope the law could be revised to impose tougher punishment on those who breach food safety regulations,”...

    
The South China Morning Post  (HK) 9.7.2014 :Taiwan's "gutter oil" scandal continues to grow, (Taiwan) would not rule out the possibility Hong Kong and the mainland were affected. ... Chang Guann, the Kaohsiung-based supplier of lard and cooking oil at the centre of the scandal. Chang Guann bought at least 240 tonnes of the gutter oil - recycled from kitchen waste, by-products from leather processing plants and offal from slaughterhouses - from an unlicensed factory in Pingtung at below-market rates, police have said.
       
The China Times (9.5.2014, head-page headline news): Disgusting ... Even pigs don't eat those tainted oil we Taiwanese ate !
       
The United Daily News (9.7.2014) : Scholars criticize: GMP (Assurance of the safety and quality of Taiwanese food ) is a joke now !  PS: "GMP" (Good Manufacturing Practices) : Taiwan's most important certification from SGS ensures the integrity of your food manufacturing process as well as your compliance with food safety regulations.

★  自由時報 / 周末生活版   9.18.2015

time 新聞大事紀 details
April 2012, Oct. 2013 膨鬆劑加鋁 烘焙業在製作饅頭與甜甜圈過程中,添加含鋁膨鬆劑使之迅速膨脹且賣相佳但過量可能導致腦部疾病
Jan. 2013 假米粉 業者為壓低成本與售價以玉米澱粉混充純米米粉此包括"米粉重鎮"新竹
May 2013 毒澱粉 為製作口感Q彈的澱粉產品業者在一般澱粉中混入工業用黏著劑順丁烯二酸酐
Aug. 2013 胖達人香精 胖達人強調無添加的香氣麵包卻被踢爆使用多種食品添加物
Feb. 2014 工業漂白劑漂白豆芽 台南查獲業者使用工業漂白劑、連二亞硫酸鈉漂白豆芽使賣相更佳
March 2015 潤餅違法添吊白塊 有業者長期使用被禁用的「吊白塊」使潤餅吃時起來有彈性且不易破
April 2015 藥用石膏混入米血 屏東米血工廠為凝固產品且提升口感,使用跌打損傷藥石膏為添加物
其他問題還有鲑魚染色或餵食染色劑,蠔(蚵)泡以磷酸鹽水使變肥大、加入甲醛以延長保存期限、添加硼砂以防止色澤變黑等...磷酸鹽雖為合法添加物但吃多仍可致骨疏鬆與腎功能問題...


Wikipedia
 Nov. 13, 2013  "2013 Taiwan food scandal"

Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. (Chinese: 大統長基) was found to have used copper chlorophyllin, an illegal coloring agent for cooking oil, in its olive oil and have adulterated its higher-end cooking oil with cheaper cottonseed oil.   Flavor Full Food Inc. (Chinese: 富味乡食品) was accused of blending cheaper cottonseed oil into more expensive cooking oils to increase their profit.  Formosa Oilseed Processing Co. (Chinese: 福懋油) was found to intentionally mislabel their six cooking oil mixtures as pure olive oils.

國家衛生研究院 & <聯合報>  2015-08-15 01:59:13 

恐怖外食  11大缺失損健康

國家衛生研究院(NHRI)群體健康研究所指出,餐廳自助餐與各機關公司團膳問題包括: 主食過於精製;主菜分量太大;套餐蔬菜量不足;幾乎所有菜餚都用油烹調;配菜多炸物及加工醃漬品;常以油炸增加風味;提供久炸的油製作炸物或使用油炸過的油品炒菜等。

此外,使用味精、小蘇打、過多食鹽、過多糖烹調;供餐場所的湯品內容物極少,喝湯有如喝鹽水、糖水。(brief) http://udn.com/news/story/7266/1122369-%E6%81%90%E6%80%96%E5%A4%96%E9%A3%9F-11%E5%A4%A7%E7%BC%BA%E5%A4%B1%E6%90%8D%E5%81%A5%E5%BA%B7

  根據英國經濟學人雜誌 UK's Economist Intelligence Unit - Liveability Country Level Index (Jan. 2015), 台北市的"食物安全指數Food Security Index" ("1" means "Most Secure")是"42", 與共產中国主要城市同燈同分;  e.g., 廣州GuangZhou, 天津TianJin, Shenzhen, 北京Beijing, 上海Shanghai"42"   亞洲的新加坡從去年的指數"5"進步到"2"。  食物最安全的城市包括 New York紐約, Los Angeles洛杉磯, San Francisco舊金山三蕃市, Chicago芝加哥, Washington D.C.華盛頓, all are Index "1",  法國巴黎Paris Index is "3" ,  瑞士的蘇黎士Zurich and 荷蘭阿姆斯特丹Amsterdam index "5", 布魯塞爾Brussels "7".   ◆  經濟學人雜誌(11-29-2014)並分析指出一再 發生的食安醜聞是執政黨自1949年以來最大選舉慘敗的原因之一("The failure of Mr Ma’s government to prevent a series of food scandals has also upset many")

  蘋果日報 8-28-2015 A2要聞版

        台灣大腸癌發生率高居全球第一,北醫外科主任認為「近年食安問題不斷,許多黑心食品都含致癌物質也有影響」。

 

  Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, etc.  Jiang So-San M.D. book "食在安心" : Most 5 star hotel restaurants in Taiwan don't wash the vegetables ...  see picture & text below.    Another book "Fruits , Vegetables" (Chinese namely, "遠離毒蔬果") written by IMEI (義美) group's leader Luis Ko (高志明), page 162 quoted Dr. Gaston J.C. Wu (professor & dean, Taiwan Normal University) that Taiwan's vegetables and fruits should be flush thoroughly with plenty of flowing water before cooking or/and eating.  No just soaking vegetables and fruits in water in a large basin ...


  National Taiwan Normal University - graduate school of Chemistry, dean Dr. Gaston J. C. Wu (化學所長吳家誠教授)'s book <Those black-heart products toxin-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)> (Nov. 2013): Most of the time I eat at home, and has never dined out in street-side shops / small-eat markets (路邊攤), because those small-eat shops usually/always do not meet the minimum standards of cleanliness.  In case I can't reject some dinner party or must dine out,  I select only some restaurants I fully trust.  Besides, I've never touched processed food or cured products, and any drinks commercially available(市售飲料) in Taiwan, particularly, pearl milk tea which already is a world known Taiwanese food.  PS: The China Times (8-15-2015): Taiwanese favorite drinks contain high Kcal/g heat, you will gain 5.1kg if having pearl milk tea one regular cup (not less-sugar option) per day for 2 months.   Green Tea with Yakult(多多)'s Heat 341 Kcal/g, which is 3.2 times the upper limit of free sugar(游離糖) advised by WHO., Yakult drink, Orange juice, milk tea are high-heat too.
 



 

Pic. above: 90% of what we eat and use contain poison or toxin - The secret that Taiwanese business won't tell you, the cover-page of book  <Those black-heart products poison-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)>, written by professor Wu (吳家誠), consultant of Taiwanese government and dean of National Taiwan Normal University.

 

 

pic. left: Most 5 star hotel restaurants in Taiwan don't wash the vegetables, they just soak in water and cut them for cooking ... It's 5 star restaurants' "S.O.P.", not to mention average Taiwanese restaurants... , besides, the food-safety specialty of restaurants deserves my concerns.  A 5-star hotel restaurant made Japanese sashimi by fresh-water fishes, this may causes serious infection and even cancer, according to Japanese studies in 2013...hence, people should minimize the number of times for dining out in Taiwan to assure safety ... / Jiang M.D.'s book "食在安心"(by 江守山, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, etc.), printed in Oct, 2014. 
Another book "Fruits , Vegetables" (Chinese namely, "遠離毒蔬果") written by IMEI (義美) group's leader Luis Ko (高志明), page 162 quoted Dr. Gaston J.C. Wu (professor & dean, Taiwan Normal University) that Taiwan's vegetables and fruits should be flush thoroughly with plenty of flowing water, those tiny gaps and hollows also need to be brushed before cooking or/and eating.  No just soaking vegetables and fruits in water in a large basin ...

 

 

   Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 8-29-2015,   Prime News Edition

          台灣19款黑糖全含致癌物"丙烯醯胺", acrylamide , 檢查結果最高達 2740 ppb  推估每日一杯 (700 c.c.) 全黑糖珍珠奶茶就超量有致癌風險. ( esophagus cancer, breast cancer).  ps: 聯合報 8-29-2015 話題版: 一顆黑糖饅頭就可能超量(57g acrylamide )。

 

   BBC  <危机四伏的饮食>  6-6-2013    by

    ...有毒食品打击了一些传统小吃的生意,包括像是毒淀粉高风险的黑轮、肉圆、粉圆等都是台湾特色小吃,而极为便宜的有毒酱油据指出多数流向夜市,且包括台北知名的士林夜市。...

 

 

Till 2013, not only banned colouring agent, copper chlorophyllin cooking oil, toxic ('poisonous') starch, dangerous levels of industrial plasticisers, poor-quality rice, deceptive advertising bakery ... were exposed in Taiwan media, but also dangerous materials/ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, Rongalite (Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate dihydrate 吊白塊  ) , Formaldehyde Solution(福馬林),  borax(硼砂) ,  salicylic acid (水楊酸), NaNO2   nitrite (亞硝酸),  fluorescent whitening/bleaching agent (螢光增白劑), copper salts (铜鹽), Sudan (蘇丹红), Butter Yellow(奶油黃),  Rhodamine B (鹽基桃紅精), Auramine (黃色色素鹽基性芥黃), H202 (過氧化氫), 4-ethoxyphenylurea(乙氧基苯脲), Lead oxide (氧化铅), potassium bromate;bromic acid potassium salt (溴酸钾) etc food additives were found in Taiwan's black-heart food and cuisine industries. (<Business Today>.no.856, 2013)

You can see how serious the mess is ... below are some head-lines & cover-story of Taiwan's popular media/magazines (2013):
  (1) <Business Weekly>, no. 1334 ― "Eating in Taiwan, needs latest common sense" ! ("吃飯  需要新常識" !)
  (2) <Business Today>, no. 856   ― "Fatal & horrible materials/ingredients in Taiwan's food, the secret that restaurants' boss won't speak out" !("要命的恐怖食材, 餐廳老闆不敢說的秘密" ! "黑心醬油毒害全台  夜市、小吃、餐館幾近淪陷"!)
  (3) <Common Health Magazine>, no.36  ― "How to survive in
'Poisonous (toxic) starch' storm in Taiwan" ! ("毒澱粉風暴下的生存術" )
  (4)
<Business Weekly>, no. 1331 "Focus News" ―  "Watch Out ! You are eating 'Poisonous (toxic) starch' all 24 hours", "Black-Heart food/products everywhere on the streets in Taiwan". ( "小心  你 24小時都在吃毒澱粉", "...滿街黑心食品".)
  (5) <Apple Daily News>, editorial (6.1.2013) : "We grew up by eating
poisonous food" (辣蘋果: "我們吃毒長大!" ): Taiwan food safety storm ―  poisonous food with industrial materials/ingredients,  expired preservatives... Taiwan's food problem became a national security issue... government needs more active on this ...

 

 

BBC news    Nov. 19, 2013 

Taiwan food scares hit shoppers' confidence

Consumers in Taiwan have been shocked by a series of food safety scandals.
In one recent case, olive oil was found to contain low quality substitutes and a banned colouring agent.
The scandals have hurt consumer confidence, and now there are worries they could dent the island's economic growth and damage tourism. Cindy Sui reports from Taipei.  (www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24995485)
 

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)  11.17.2013

"Taiwanese makers of popular Master Kong noodles involved in cooking oil scandal"

In Taiwan's latest food controversy, companies have produced cooking oil with illegal additives.
A multitude of Taiwanese companies have become embroiled in a tainted oil food scare, including the owners of popular instant noodle and beverage brand Master Kong. (and other famous companies like Weichuan.com.tw  Chinese namely 味全)

Apple Daily  Aug. 31, 2013  (abstract version 米果)

 Toxic ('poisonous') starch, dangerous levels of industrial plasticisers have been found in a range of foods and drinks, deceptive advertising bakery( adding artificial essences into its breads) and poor-quality rice... all kinds of food safety issues in Taiwan (R.O.C.) make all of us shock! ...

Taiwanese consumers shortage of backbones already spoiled food industries, Taiwanese government without courage compromised and pleased mega corporations/financial groups by trading/negotiating national health, illegal companies and material suppliers don't fear about not too much penalty/consequences, Taiwan has been accepting imported G.M. (genetic modified) beans which other countries don't accept, just because Taiwanese people won't die immediately after eating bad soy sauce, soy beans, tofu, etc made by G.M. stuffs, so, Taiwan government feel it does not matter ... !

We should not neglect and forgive all these mistakes ... 
(Chinese version : 從塑化劑、毒澱粉、胖達人、山水米……一路以來各種荒腔走板甚至讓人瞠目結舌的食品安全問題,消費者不僅被業者廠商看扁,還被應該嚴格把關的政府單位看輕,... 沒有骨氣的消費者,間接寵壞了食品業者,而沒有膽識的政府監督單位,最終也只是將國民健康變成貿易談判與討好財團的妥協籌碼,因此對違法的食品廠商或原料供貨商的罰則不痛不癢,其他國家動物都不吃的基改豆,我們拿來做成醬油豆腐豆漿,而且多數消費者因為吃了也不會立刻致命,因此就無所謂。...)

<FTV> (民視 12.15.2013  17:30~17:45pm

Taiwan Normal university, professor in Chemistry Dr. Wu (吳家誠): Taiwanese government (e.g., Ministry of Health & Welfare, Council of Agriculture) has not dig out some ugly truth of food safety problem because they should be responsible for it ... at present we only hope we can have safe basic food, e.g., vegetables, fruits, rice, etc - not various food products......
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital M.D. (殷): It's wrong that some scholars cover bad food ("won't die to eat those" ...)
Consumers Foundation : More and more chemical addictives... Taiwan's government again and again let it go, moves/trends towards black-heart businesses...
TV host (presenter):  It's conscience problem!! ("把良心拿出來")  

<Business Today> (今周刊)  5.20.2013

 Numerous fatal traps were hidden behind tasty Taiwanese food/cuisine, numerous bizarre tricks mixed with delicious cuisine in Taiwan's restaurants ? ...

 A top chef working in this circle for two decades revealed the dark side (bad cooking materials/ingredients) behind the scenes.  The chef always reminds his staffs in the kitchen : "these cuisines are made for customers, you absolutely should not eat them..."

...Using food addictives is a co-operate/'accomplice' structure among suppliers, restaurant owners, chefs and consumers... (共犯結構成形添加物為食界共業, 從供貨商,餐廳經營者,廚師及消費者串聯起來的共業!)

... The most un-forgettable witness experience is some industries using magic-touch stuff, Malachite ( (C6H5)3CH Triphenylmethane (孔雀石綠 三苯甲埦)  ...  furthermore, some smart Taiwanese 'invented' cheaper & same-function & legal pseudo-Malachite to replace Malachite.  Although, strictly speaking, it still belongs to the category of veterinary drugs(動物用藥), and also is dangerous to human beings ?  How can we chefs have a peaceful mind if we fail to offer customers safe food?

 

Taiwan
food
  Pic. above: The secret that restaurant bosses don't dare to speak out !
Fatal & Horrible
cooking materials/ingredients !
A top chef : "These cuisine are made for customers, you guys (assistants in kitchen) don't eat them ! "


 

 
  Pic. right:  Taiwan's government is unable to do administration on food industry, all Taiwanese people are in deep risk !
Black hearted soy sauce harms the whole Taiwan! it appears almost all night markets, snack shops, restaurants ... <Business Today> no. 856

 

products ml Heat (Kcal/g)熱量 每瓶含糖等同方糖顆數
Green Tea (多多綠茶) 700 341 14
Pearl Milk Tea (珍珠奶茶全糖) 700 653 12
Yakult drink (發酵乳飲料) 330 243 11
Orange Juice 400 192 10
Milk Tea奶茶 400 212 9

每天一瓶珍珠奶茶連喝二月胖5.1公斤,  Green Tea with Yakult (多多)'s Heat 341 Kcal/g, 超過 WHO建議之每日游離糖攝取上限3.2 倍.

 

<CTV> (中視 "新聞一點通"),  Sept. 25, 2013 13:35pm

"Taiwan's snack food almost all are involved in poisonous food risks ! ("台灣小吃 幾乎淪陷")
Even you cook by yourself, still have chance to eat some black-heart ingredients/materials...
 

<Business Weekly> (商業周刊) No.1331, 2013

Black hearted food everywhere  on the streets ! (滿街黑心食品)
The channels don't report the facts, although knowing the danger...

Why evil business men can passed through all layers of checkpoints, Taiwanese government failed to catch them?

(1) The officials/staffs (400 persons in health gov.) are not professional enough, and easy to yield to violence threats.
(2) Staffs of health gov. don't dare to give heavy penalty on evil business companies, so they dare to take chance & make mistakes again and again.
(3) It suppose only take 8 hours to submit samples for testing, but it takes 1 month, why? 
  famous M.D. Jian (江守山) questioned it gives business men a good response time, as for "business-men submitted their own sample" is even worse !

Taiwan's judicial( justice) Heavy curse, lenient sentence, actually is a "Paper Tiger", it looks strong, but on the inside, it is spiritually empty ("its bark is worse than its bite")
So,
black hearted businesses spoiled by Taiwanese justice systems (they did not carry heavy penalties) intended to take a chance to violate the laws again and again, judicial systems failed to punish evil business probably is one of reasons leading to food risks.  for instance,  one business making plasticizer only got 14 month sentence.

 

The China Times  6.4.2013  Viewpoint from NanFang Shuo (南方朔abstract version)

 The image of Taiwan's "gourmet's dining Heaven/Kingdom" has already "bankrupt"!   ( brief version )

People do not scare to eat anything in Japan, but Taiwan is different.  Taiwan's propaganda "dining kingdom" should be replaced by "poisonous food kingdom, because of too many black hearted food in Taiwan.

Taiwan's food industries have already used plasticizers, 'poisonous' starch for 20-30 years, but Taiwanese government has kept its eyes half opened ( ignored, not taking food-safety adm. as a routine work ) about all these.  In recent years the discipline of Taiwan's food industries (even large ones) have been rapidly collapsed (used bad material/ingredients against the morale rule)......

Taiwan focused on propaganda and showing off... People here already don't dare to eat Taiwanese food ... Taiwanese food's bankruptcy is only one aspect of  Taiwan's 'bankruptcy' ! (台灣飲食的破產,只不過是整個台灣破產的一個側面而已!)

(The author is a cultural critic)

 

★ The China Times 6.23.2013

Taiwan imports pigs' food for human kinds in Taiwan

90% of soybeans that Taiwan imported is G.M. (genetic modified) soybeans, which contains the herbicide may be carcinogenic to human beings, and is prohibited by Europe Union and Japan, etc, in those places G.M. soybeans are usually for feeding pigs.

 

Apple Daily 6.1.2013 (editorial column - <Spicy apple>  辣蘋果 余艾苔 abstract version)

Do not let Taiwan falls from gourmet heaven into epicure hell !

...We finally understand that the key to best taste of popular refreshing food like pudding, grass jelly, ice cream is adding industrial raw materials, and more horrible,  expired preservatives.   Those black hearted plants/companies are well-known ones, ... it is not an isolated(single) event, we can reason that we generation (currently about 40 years old) "grew up by eating poisons" ... Taiwanese government should not slow-react on this issue anymore ...

Every one wants to question our government : Can you give us a list in which food are safe?  we believe no one is able to guarantee for that, the reason is quite simple ―  Taiwan's government is very passive on food safety check-ups   unless some one is dead for poisonous food, otherwise Taiwanese government won't be crack-down for food problems....  Now Taiwan's food safety has turned out to be a national security issue...

(Chinese version: 好吃的關鍵都是因為加了工業原料...有些還用過期的防腐劑,而出問題的都是知名大廠, ... 合理推論, 現今40歲左右的人,可以說是吃毒長大的一代, 政府再不作為,忍心看我們下一代繼續被荼毒嗎?... 政府...很被動,除非今天吃死人了,不然積極查緝簡直就是神話)

 

Economist   6.16.2011  ( http://www.economist.com/node/18837149)

Food scandals in Taiwan,  Plastic unfantastic

Tainted products also poison the president’s chances of re-election

TAIWAN'S biggest-ever food scare began when government inspectors testing sports drinks and soft drinks last month detected dangerous levels of industrial plasticisers. These are normally used to make everything from shoes to hosepipes more flexible. Since then, the plasticisers have been found in a range of foods and drinks. The crisis has also gone firmly international as China, Hong Kong, South Korea and the Philippines have withdrawn Taiwanese products from supermarket shelves. Taiwanese commentators are wondering how the government can live the scandal down.

Some 900 products have been pulled from nearly 40,000 Taiwanese shops. Hospitals have been flooded with worried parents seeking check-ups for......

... (Taiwanese) government's slow and muddled response to the crisis...

 

Taipei Times   June 10, 2013 EDITORIAL: Food scares hurt Taiwan's image

When plasticizer — a chemical additive to make food more pliable — was found in 2011 in food and beverages, public awareness of food safety was raised  and the government promised to enhance food safety standards ...Yet, both the public and the government seem to be forgetful.
 the toxic starch scandal (It is the second major food scare in two years.) has damaged the nation’s culinary reputation and damaged businesses at night markets. The industrial starch was found in mostly traditional Taiwanese food and drink, ...These street foods are popular with locals and foreign tourists alike....The government must take heed and implement stricter regulations governing food safety...

 

★ TVBS   Sept. 27, 2013 8:00pm ('地球黃金線' program研討會, guests including M.D.江守山, etc)
("國內把關不嚴 輻射魚恐已上桌", "人在輻中不知輻")
We are afraid that radiant (radiated, radiative, radiation-producing) fishes from Japan sea area already on Taiwanese dinner tables, but Taiwanese people have not quite known about this yet.
Taiwan's food tests by food inspectors took sample-selected
rapid test (抽樣, 快篩 antigen detection test), which is not as strictly for national health as that in Korea or Hong Kong, etc. !?

ps:
http://news.cnyes.com/Content/20130925/KHABWU1MMN6OA.shtml?c=headline_sitehead (9.25.2013 TW denied Japan's radiated fishes already "invaded" Taiwan)
 

★ The China Times 3.29.2013

Taiwan's "national scandal" G.M.(genetic modified) food   (abstract version)

National Taiwan University (Department of Agronomy) Professor Guo hua-ren (郭華仁) criticized G.M.(genetic modified) food in Taiwan is a "national scandal"(「國家級醜聞」), and urged everyone not eating GM food, since Taiwanese may not know the risks ―  according to latest study  by French scholar (Seralini), G.M. (genetic modified) food leads to higher probability of getting cancer. (mouse experiment)
In Taiwan, 99.95% soy products are imported, 90% of soybeans are GM stuffs.

A WikiLeaks in 2010 revealed that a super-power country intends to build a G.M. zone in Taiwan because Taiwanese people are so "friendly"  for biotechnology (GM) food ...  
ps: Taiwan's government is so "shortage of backbone" !

 


<Business Today>
 (<今周刊>健康生活專刊04), Sept. 2013

Taiwan's Night Market - risks everywhere

 evil-heart addictives harm whole Taiwan - night markets, restaurants, snack shops, almost all involved

Taiwanese government poor & weak adm. ...

(<今周刊>健康生活專刊04, Sept., 2013)

night market food

j  addictives

why dangerous ?

 Small Sausage in Large Sausage (大腸包小腸)

nitrite, NIT,NaNO2 (亞硝酸鹽)

Used to add red color for sausage,
Eating too many may cause cancer

Pearl milk tea, Tapioca (ball) tea)(珍珠奶茶、 青蛙下蛋粉圓

Preservative (防腐劑)

Eating too many increases burden of liver and kidney, and may cause cancer

Deep fried chicken breast
or grilled roast ones(炸雞排,烤雞排)

Tenderizer(嫩精)

Used for soften the texture, Eating too many may lead to cardiopalmus, lips numb/tingle, temporary ageusia/loss of taste sense (心悸唇麻短暫失味覺)

fresh cut fruits、sugar coated Chinese hawthorn fruit (糖葫蘆)

Saccharin(糖精, 甘精)

Eating too many hurts liver and alimentary canal or may cause urinary bladder  cancer

 Thailand shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp prawn Omelet (泰國蝦烤蝦蝦仁煎)

borax(硼砂)

May get roseolafeel like throwing updiarrhea shock to stupor; coma; muzzinessTaiwan law already prohibited the use of food/ food products
ps: expert M.D. expressed :
(1)Taiwan's law is behind of medical studies, we already ate lots of legal but suspicious dangerous food addictives.
(2) medical tests only for single
chemical compound, not for 2+ chemical compounds (which may be interactive to increase probability of getting cancer)  .

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Food safety involving ingestion of foods and beverages prepared with phthalate-plasticizer-containing clouding agents.

Abstract   (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22118310)

In May 2011, the illegal use of the phthalate plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in clouding agents for use in foods and beverages was reported in Taiwan. This food scandal has caused shock and panic among the majority of Taiwanese people and has attracted international attention. Phthalate exposure is assessed by ambient monitoring or human biomonitoring. Ambient monitoring relies on measuring chemicals in environmental media, foodstuff and consumer products. Human biomonitoring determines body burden by measuring the chemicals, their metabolites or specific reaction products in human specimens. In mammalian development, the fetus is set to develop into a female. Because the female phenotype is the default, impairment of testosterone production or action before the late phase may lead to feminizing characteristics. Phthalates disrupt the development of androgen-dependent structures by inhibiting fetal testicular testosterone biosynthesis. The spectrum of effects obtained following perinatal exposure of male rats to phthalates has remarkable similarities with the human testicular dysgenesis syndrome.

Epidemiological studies have suggested associations between phthalate exposure and shorter gestational age, shorter anogenital distance, shorter penis, incomplete testicular descent, sex hormone alteration, precocious puberty, pubertal gynecomastia, premature thelarche, rhinitis, eczema, asthma, low birth weight, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, low intelligence quotient, thyroid hormone alteration, and hypospadias in infants and children.

Furthermore, many studies have suggested associations between phthalate exposure and increased sperm DNA damage, decreased proportion of sperm with normal morphology, decreased sperm concentration, decreased sperm morphology, sex hormone alteration, decreased pulmonary function, endometriosis, uterine leiomyomas, breast cancer, obesity, hyperprolactinemia, and thyroid hormone alteration in adults. ... (ps: papers by professor Ja-Liang Lin are now open to everyone to read through internet, Sept 25, 2013)

 

WikiPedia

2011 Taiwan food scandal (abstract version)

The 2011 Taiwan food scandal was a food safety scandal in Taiwan over the use one of plasticizer - DEHP to replace palm oil in food and drinks as a clouding agent.  The chemical agent has been linked to developmental problems with children as it affects hormones.

The food affected includes beverages, fruit juices, bread, sports drinks, tea, and jam...... Some media reports, including in The Economist, conclude that Taiwan's former reputation as a reliable and safe food manufacturing country has been damaged...

 

Best-news.US 5.28.2013
        http://www.best-news.us/news-4553168-Photo:-Taiwan-and-trap-poisonous-food-panic.html

Taiwan and trap "poisonous food" panic

Pearl milk tea, taro balls, crates, meatballs, chicken ...... these Taiwanese cuisine has long been considered a classic, but also the Taiwanese people's favorite everyday, now because of the outbreak of toxic starch, so we talk about the discoloration. Continue plasticizer storm then, no one would have thought that once again blew the island food safety issues will be - toxic starch... Maleic acid, also known as 'maleic acid', belonging to other chemical binder resin material, generally used for coating the insulating material or as raw materials to produce pesticides, toxic raw materials for industrial use, add starch for human consumption is poison starch price and qualified poison starch starch differ 4-6 times, so it is added to the food industry black heart, sent to the people on the table...

Taiwan and trap 'poisonous food' panic, even more than before plasticizer storm. Taiwan 'dialysis Kingdom' title, after the outbreak of toxic starch, some nephrologists and toxicology expert said: 'finally found the culprit kidney injury. 'Shin Kong Hospital nephrology physician Emori Shan said, maleic acid in animal experiments will lead to the dog's tubular injury, causing irreversible damage... Poison starch invade the daily lives of ordinary people, this time, it seems that no one can say that I am very far away from the black-hearted food...
 

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital & medical University

www.ettoday.net   2.13.2013

Professor Ja-Liang Lin (director of Clinical Toxicology) stressed Paylean is toxic (although less toxic, but Paylean definitely is "瘦肉精" ), and may causes palpitations and other cardiovascular diseases, currently is banned by 29 countries including Singapore and Europe Union.  (Dr. J.L.Lin does not agree Taiwan government's policy to import US beef -  reported by news.pts.org.tw  & Apple Daily 8.5.2013, now Taiwan is open for US beef)

 

 Food vendors in Taiwan wring hands over toxic starch 

 Eateries, night market stalls and convenience shops around Taiwan are reeling after a substance harmful to the kidneys was found in popular snacks from meat balls to the tapioca "pearls" used in bubble tea.

The scare is reminiscent of a 2011 scandal when an industrial chemical detrimental to sexual development was found in hundreds of beverages ...

At the centre of the latest storm is the industrial substance maleic anhydride, which imparts chewiness but can cause kidney failure if taken in sufficient doses...

Some experts, such as Dr Lin Chieh-liang, the chief clinical toxicologist at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, linked the prevalence of toxic powdered starch to the disproportionately high incidence of kidney failure in Taiwan.

 

★ Consumer Reports of Taiwan  Sept. 5, 2013
Head-line :  ractopamine is found in beef sample test of 2013!
On March 2012, ractopamine was found in 1/3 (5 pieces) beef samples selected from markets.  In another test on July 2013, ractopamine 0.01 ppm was found in one piece frozen US beef sample. 


China Post  8.28.2013

Bakery scandal just tip of deceptive food ads. iceberg   (abstract version)

The bakery ( Top Pot Bakery, a famous Taiwanese company) had been boasting in its advertisements that its bread was made with natural ingredients and zero flavoring essence. This was found (by a Hong Kong blogger & customer) to be a somewhat inaccurate claim (ps: deceptive advertising): the company had been adding artificial essences into its breads.

United Daily News/Liberty Times/China Times etc,  6.5.2014

Top 10 horrible combination-food in Taiwan for office ladies/men (十大恐怖外食)

 horrible index

hamburger + French fries (middle sized) + coke (600 cc)
 

too much greasy, sugar, salty

Spareribs (pork-rib) lunch box排骨便當 + pearl milk tea (500cc)
  

Fried-Dumpling鍋貼 + bean sauce (350cc)                 
Baked Italia noodle + Puff pastry on creamy soup
Korea fried chicken + beer       
Fried rice + pork-ball soup貢丸
Ramen (Japanese noodle)拉麵 + soft ice-cream               
Braised Pork Rice滷肉飯   + fish-ball soup
  beef noodle + pickle vegetable酸菜
deep-fried meat-ball炸肉圓 + olen (Japanese style Kantoni)關東煮
 

 

★ United Daily News 4.30.2011 ,  CNNGO  3.23.2012

 Top 10 Most Dangerous Taiwanese food in night markets
(<聯合報> 4.30.2011)

night market food

heat  density(Kcal/g)熱量密度

quantity of heat
 (Kcal/g)
熱量

鹽酥雞Taiwan's fried chicken

3.9 585/150

蔥油餅Scallion Cake or Chinese Pizza    (intro. by CNN)

3.78 541/143
鍋貼Fried-Dumpling                                     3.06 753/246
大腸包小腸
Small Sausage in Large Sausage (intro. by CNN)
2.68 582/217
滷肉飯
Braised Pork Rice 
                       
2.25 648/288
油炸臭豆府腐
deep fried Stinky Tofu
2.13 565/265
米糕
Gutinous Rice Pudding 
                  
1.98 672/340
肉圓Meatball 1.85 324/185
蚵仔煎
   Oyster Omelet 
                             
1.55 516/332
蚵仔麵線Oyster thin/soft Noodles (intro. by CNN) 1.01 415/412
(above may be: Top 10 Most Popular Local Delicacies)
 

Top 10 street food in Shilin night market   (士林夜市)

night market food

 heat
 (Kcal)熱量

Deep fried chicken breast
(豪大炸雞排)

657

蚵仔煎
   Oyster Omelet 

525
油炸臭豆府腐
deep fried Stinky Tofu
                     
496
Tempura (Japanese name), deep-fried fish kind  stuffs天婦羅 482
士林大香腸
 Large Sausage 
        
385
大餅包小餅
Small roll (pie) in Large roll (pie)
385
士林大煎包
 
Pan-fried Pork Dumpling (Large sheng jian bao )               
340
fruits/fruits slices 297
    Fried Cuttlefish Soup/ sautéed octopus/ stir fried octopus, squids
生炒花枝
209
Perfect Spareribs十全排骨 175
Ps: (1) advice: share food with your friend, peel the fried chicken skin, etc
(2) measure Kcal compared with : 1 bowl of cooked rice has about 280 Kcal

CNNGO introduced Taiwanese snacks in night markets and ranked it as No. 2 among Asia's 10 greatest street foods. 1. Sheng jian bao生煎包 2. Chou doufu (stinky tofu) 臭豆腐 3. Oa misua (oyster vermicelli) 蚵仔麵線 4. Gua bao (pork belly bun or "Taiwanese burger," as it's sometimes called)  掛包 5.  Hujiao bing ( wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets)   胡椒餅 6. Niu rou mian ( spicy beef soup with hand-pulled noodles)牛肉麵 7. Douhua 豆花  8. Cong you bing ( a flaky scallion pancake made with hand-rolled dough) 蔥油餅  9. Da chang bao xiao chang (Small Sausage in Large Sausage , big sausage wrapped around small sausage)大腸包小腸.

 

Taipei Times   May 27, 2013

Plasticizers found in 10 food products in Taipei

VICTIMS? One firm said that it complied with a recall and tested all its products after last year’s scare, so it wondered if the test sample had come from old stock

After a plasticizer food scare in May last year, 10 more products have been found to contain excessive levels of plasticizers, ...

Plasticizers are chemical additives used to make plastic more pliable, but they were found in food additives such as clouding agents — a food additive used to emulsify drinks and make them look more appealing — sparking a food scare.

 

China Post  8.27.2013

Sunsuivi, one of the three top-selling rice brands in Taiwan, sold the rice with labels boasting that the product is home grown, but it was actually poor-quality rice imported from Vietnam.
Some 50,000 packages of mislabeled rice have been sold... 
Sunsuivi apologizes for selling Vietnam rice as local...

 

China Post  May 17, 2013

New Taipei City seizes over 14,000 liters of problematic soy sauce products

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- ... New Taipei City yesterday seized up to 14,480 liters of soy sauce products allegedly containing an excessive amount of heterocyclic organic chemicals from an underground factory ...

 

★  Channel New Asia, Singapore  6.6.2013

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/no-import-of-chemical-tainted-soy-sauce-/700256.html

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority said Singapore does not import soy sauce from Taiwan that has been implicated to be harmful for consumption...

 

United Daily News blog http://blog.udn.com/pfge/2265977     2008.10.2

Nestle and KLIM milk powder were found with contained Melamine(C3H6N6)in Taiwan, although Taiwan's leader in health dept. and  food industry research and development Institute both guaranteed all milk powder in shelves were passed strict test and are safe...

PS: all news above are abstract version.   Details pls. refer to media in that day.
 

United Daily News   Dec. 18  & Dec. 19, 2013

        Criticizing "Taiwan food" series (written in Chinese)

     The only thing consumers can do is to pray Taiwanese businesses have no evil heart
             
http://udn.com/NEWS/NATIONAL/NATS3/8370314.shtml
      
  Where're those major manufacturers' social conscience ??  http://udn.com/NEWS/NATIONAL/NATS3/8367832.shtml
      
Good flavor & taste & look ... but, What did you eat?  http://udn.com/NEWS/NATIONAL/NATS3/8367850.shtml

      mixing addictives makes Taiwan food a monster http://udn.com/NEWS/NATIONAL/NATS3/8370305.shtml

 

 Taiwan is the only country in the world to import GM soy for eating ,  BBC  6.6.2013
       <Taiwan diet danger everywhere>
http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/taiwan_letters/2013/06/130606_twletter_food_safety.shtml  (Chinese version 危机四伏的饮食)

 

The China Times 6.23.2013
Taiwan imports pigs' food for human kinds in Taiwan

 

WikiLeaks 2010 : Taiwanese people are friendly for Bio. tech. and are intend to buy GM label food, so the "Embassy" of a strong nation is planning to build a (3) Genetic Modification (GM) zone in Taiwan.
 In fact, it's a so called "national scandal" (the China Times, Mar. 29, 2013) that Taiwanese consumers generally do not fully know or don't care  the controversy health risks caused by GM food.  Taiwanese government should urge everyone refusing to buy and eat GM food. 
 About 99.5% of soy food products in Taiwan are imported, 90% of them are GM soy beans

 

  World Best restaurants in Asia, by Wikipedia, Daily Meal, World's50Best, Country Brand Index
    The World's 50 Best Restaurants 1-50, 2013 sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna,   April 29, 2013  http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World's_50_Best_Restaurants  (by Wikipedia)

In this list, top 10 are in Western world (Spain, Denmark, Italia, USA, UK, Austria, Germany), Hong Kong's 龍景軒 is the highest ranking (No.75) Chinese restaurant, no any Taiwanese restaurant included.  Taiwanese chef Jiang (江振誠)'s "Restaurant Andre" located in Singapore ranks No.38.


US  <The Daily Meal> (USA) 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The Daily Meal celebrates the most exemplary epicurean endeavors in Asia :

 http://www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-restaurants-asia  May 16, 2013


鼎泰豐(Din Tai Fung, Taipei
(1)  鼎泰豐於5-9-2012承認使用味精 -  
 This restaurant admits they do use Monosodium Glutamate as addictive, and won't change this policy so as to keep major cuisine (e.g., steamed bun(小籠包), chicken soup) delicious, according to United Daily News 5.9.2013. <聯合報>  2015-08-15 "恐怖外食, 11大缺失損健康" 一文引用國家衛生研究院資料恐怖外食(調查餐廳自助餐等)缺點之一包括使用味精 味精是否有害健康 長期爭議不休(ref to "The Dangers of MSG" : http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/the-dangers-of-monosodium-glutamate.htm)  有些研究認為味精可能損及 causes asthma, headache, even brain damage許多西方人不敢吃味精! 
(2)
鼎泰豐並suspicious捲入台灣食安醜聞根據大眾媒體揭露 e.g., 蘋果日報(10-10-2014):台中市衛生局調查發現,華航、鼎泰豐曾向購買頂新正義油品的台中金品調理(KingsCook) 公司進貨,恐中鏢。鼎泰豐表示,向美食家購買沙拉油,僅做為產品測試之用...
(3) Din Tai Fung admitted having used G.M.(genetic modified) soy material(豆類) for a long time (until July 2015).   The China Times, (3.29.2013) reported professor Kuo H. J. (National Taiwan University, Department of Agronomy) comments - Taiwan using G.M.(genetic modified) is "national scandal" (「國家級醜聞」), French scholar Seralini found G.M. foods may cause cancer with higher probability,    BBC (6.6.2013)<Taiwan diet danger everywhere>: Taiwan is the only country in the world imports GM soy for eating But Din Tai Fung still used the "scandalous" G.M. stuff for 2+ years after the news being spread island-wide Recently, CNN (7-24-2015) dropped Din Tai Fung down to No.20 position  in Taiwanese foods list.
  

Besides, there're 6 restaurants located in Taipei rank Top 101 Asian best restaurants:
 No. 43: 台南(Tainan)度小月擔仔麵
 No. 50: 非零餐廳 (meaning translation: Non-zero restaurant)
 No. 70: 義大利餐館(Osteria by Angie), an Italia restaurant
 No. 74: 七十二牛肉麵 (Seventy-Two beef noodle restaurant)
 No. 76: 法式餐廳(La Cocotte, a French restaurant)
 No. 86: 鐵匠鐵板燒居酒屋。

ps: Best China cuisine in Taiwan : Din Tai Fung ―  branch in Hong Kong (not in Taiwan) won one Michelin star.
     Best dish in Taiwan : oyster omelet (introduced by Discovery channel of USA) ―  it is most typical Taiwanese food( street snack everywhere in night markets), but not exquisite & elaborated food. 
據電視報導蚵仔煎常用花生粉(黃麴毒素 - aflatoxin常產生於此類食物, 美國知名花生醬曾發現台灣牛肉麵if使用豆瓣醬亦可能包含黃麴毒素),與不少添加物      Chinese language intro. to Taiwan cuisines

 

According to < Miele  Guide> of 2011/2012, Taiwan's top 5 restaurants are listed as below:
   (1) Din Tai Fung,  ps: This restaurant admits they do use Monosodium Glutamate as addictive, and won't change this policy so as to keep major cuisine (e.g., steamed bun, chicken soup) delicious, according to United Daily News 5.9.2013.
   (2) 銀翼 (best dishes:文思豆腐,蔥開煨麵)
   (3) 欣葉 (02-25963255, best: 煎豬肝, 菜埔蛋)
   (4) 樂沐法式餐廳, a French restaurant (excellent, evaluated by Relais & Chateaux in 2011)
        in Taichung city (04)23753002(best dish: 經典套餐NT3800)
   (5)La Cocotte, a traditional French cuisine restaurant own by Fabien Verge (02)33223289 (best dish: NT980白酒墩牛肚)

According to < Country Brand Index> of 2007( 2008 Top Country Brand Index Ranking  )Japan is the only Asian country ranking top 10, Red China is a rising star.

"Fine dining" category:

2007-2008

Italia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, UAE, Malaysia, Spain, Argentina .( underscore for Eastern nations) 
"Food" category:

2011-2012

1 Italy, 2France, 3 Japan, 4Spain, 5 Singapore, 6 Thailand, 7 India, 8 Brasil, 9 Malaysia, 10 Swiss, 11 Germany, 12 Vietnam, 13 Greece, 14 Australia, 15 USA (underscore for Asian nations)

 

 


 

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