KMT PROTEST RESPONSE:Food safety regulations are to be based on science, radiation-affected foodstuffs are still banned and maritime disputes are to be settled peacefully
Date: Jun 02, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The Executive Yuan yesterday responded at a news conference to the three demands listed by the
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus during its protest at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei on Tuesday: for the Cabinet to reject ractopamine-laced US pork, to reject Japanese food products from radiation-affected regions and to protect fishermen’s rights in the disputed waters near the Okinotori atoll.
The KMT caucus blocked Premier Lin Chuan (林全) from presenting his policy platform to the legislature on Tuesday, while demanding that the premier sign a pledge concerning the above-mentioned issues.
The Executive Yuan’s news conference was attended by officials from the three relevant agencies — the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Agriculture (COA) — in response to the KMT’s calls.
Executive Yuan spokesperson Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said the government has a “clear attitude” on its determination to safeguard food safety, to which issues regarding US pork and Japanese food products from the radiation-affected regions are related. [FULL STORY]