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台灣食:不安 June 29, 2015

Posted by hslu in Cooking, Food, Taiwan.
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Ever since the early 1990’s, dry goods, cans and packaged food items imported from China have filled the shelves at local Korean and Chinese supermarkets all over the United States. Things made in Taiwan disappeared from the shelves as soon as stuff made in China became available.

The ubiqitous of things that were ‘Made in China’ presented us with a dilemma.

Many times when we shopped we had to decide on the spot whether to buy the cheaper Chinese products or visually more appealing packages made in Taiwan.

Of course, we constantly worried about food safety and we took for granted that ‘Made in Taiwan’ stood for superior quality and safety when compared to stuff ‘Made in China’.

We are very comfortable eating stuff imported from Taiwan because in our minds we believed:

Taiwan is a ‘developed’ country,
Taiwan is a more advanced society,
Taiwan is cleaner,
Taiwan is happier place,
Taiwan is governed by law,
Taiwan is more ‘health concious,’
Taiwan is richer thus it can afford higher quality food, and
Taiwan is where we grew up.

As a result, the sense of ‘belonging’ make buying ‘Made in Taiwan’ an easy decision.

Well, we were cheated by the ‘Made  in Taiwan’ symbol because Taiwan isn’t that great as far as food safety is concern.  Worse yet, the recent news reports discovered that this kind of misconducts by many greedy merchants had happened for a long time in many aspects of the food industry:

君不見今人有詩為證:

台灣人

食安風暴何時了?
毒素吃多少。 
肉毒桿菌加塑化,
肝癌末期手術化療中。  

味全統一都還在,
只是內容改。 
問君怎能不發愁?
恰似地溝黑油向肚流。

在我離開台灣的四十年中,台灣真的進步了嗎?

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