The government is mulling plans to issue SARS-free certificates to exported goods in response to requests from foreign buyers. The buyers are concerned about the potential of the SARS infection being spread from the goods, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said yesterday.
"Despite the fact that only a few foreign clients require such certificates at the moment, we will still implement this measure to ease their concerns," Wang Cheng-fu (
The SARS virus can survive up to four days without a host, according to a report the World Health Organization (WHO)released last week.
Wang Cheng-ching (
He also expressed concerns over viability to carry out the disinfections.
"Some sophisticated machines and devices could be damaged by disinfectants," Wang said.
"Also, it may be dangerous to use chemicals on perishable products, such as food," he said.
An official at the China Food GMP Development Association (
The official stressed that the association's member companies have already ensured proper hygiene during production, in order to avoid any food contamination.
Acknowledging the possible problems caused from product disinfection, Wang said the board is working with the Department of Health (DOH) to formulate a proposal which will specify methods of proper disinfection for different products.
After completing disinfection, companies can obtain a certificate from the board, Wang said.
Wang, citing a DOH report, said the SARS virus cannot live in room temperature for over 48 hours.
On April 11, the WHO issued a report saying that there is no information that suggests contact with goods, products or animals originating from SARS-affected areas has been the source of SARS infection in humans.