Wed, Feb 07, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

■ Consumer safety
Hair dyes dangerous

Sixty-seven percent of hair dye products sold on the Taiwanese market contain p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an irritating chemical that can lead to allergies and even cancer, the results of a survey released yesterday by the Consumers' Foundation showed. The survey was conducted on nine hair dye products purchased by the foundation from cosmetics and beauty product stores in the Taipei area on Feb. 5, foundation officials said. The survey found that six of the products contained PPD and four of these did not issue any warnings for consumers, the officials said. Hsu Wan-sheng (許萬盛), a member of the foundation's medical disputes committee, said that PPD can trigger allergic reactions such as swelling and rashes.

■ Diplomacy

Nauru to open embassy

Nauru will establish an embassy in Taiwan in March and the country's new ambassador, Ludwig Keke, has already arrived, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday. Donald Lee (李傳通), director-general of the ministry's Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, yesterday said Nauru had enjoyed smooth interactions with Taiwan since the two countries resumed diplomatic relations in 2005 . Lee said he believed "the diplomatic ties between two nations will develop well" after the embassy is opened. Nauru switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing in July 2002 but restored ties with Taipei in May 2005. Nauruan President Ludwig Scotty will sign a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on labor affairs with Council of Labor Affairs Chairman Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) tomorrow.

■ Crime

Reporter charged with theft

Criminal Investigation Bureau authorities arrested a Taiwan Television Enterprise reporter yesterday for alleged theft in an extortion case involving a Japanese doctor who reportedly sold fugitive businessman Wang You-theng (王又曾) medicine to treat erectile dysfunction. The reporter, surnamed Chen, allegedly raided Isamu Karashima's Taipei office last week with three men posing as police officers and threatened to expose Isamu for practicing medicine without a license. Police detained and questioned Chen for stealing Isamu's computer last night, while investigators sought to keep Chen in custody to prevent him from colluding with other suspects, local media said. Chen reportedly admitted to taking Isamu's computer, but said that he had done so with the doctor's permission.

■ Crime

Bad meat suspects released

The Pingtung District Prosecutor's Office yesterday released 11 suspects on bail after law enforcement officers had detained them the previous day on charges of selling tainted pork from sick and dead hogs. The environmental police busted the ring in Pingtung County's Changchih Township (長治) and in the city of Pingtung, seizing 5,500kg of tainted pork. The ring's members included seven people with a license to transport sick and dead hogs for safe disposal, as well as several hired hands. Law enforcement officers found that the licensees had actually been butchering the sick and dead hogs and selling the tainted meat. The crackdown in Pingtung County came after police in Yunlin County raided five illegal slaughterhouses on Feb. 1, arresting one suspect and seizing 30 tonnes of tainted pork believed to have been stashed to meet the increased demand for meat during the Lunar New Year holiday.

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