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DPP caucus accuses FDA of coverup in food scare

TIMING:A report says the FDA was aware of the illegal use of toxic starch in food products since February, but did not take action to benefit some certification firms

By Chen Ching-min, Chung Li-hua and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said the government needed to adopt stricter inspection standards to prevent another food scare.

Despite amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法) that allow stiffer penalties for those caught using banned ingredients in food, “prevention is always better than cure,” Ma, who doubles as the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) chairman, said at the party’s Central Standing Committee meeting.

Additional reporting by CNA

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