The Consumers’ Foundation and the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) yesterday said that 20 percent of baby walkers in a recent survey were found to contain harmful substances and would be recalled. \nThe consumer rights watchdog and the BSMI yesterday held a joint press conference to announce the results of the inspections on 10 types of baby walkers on the market. The tests included inspection of seat design, overall structure and labeling. \nInspectors found that two of the baby walkers contained chemical substances that are used as plasticizer at amounts exceeding the legal maximum of 0.1 percent by mass. \n“Since babies often lick things or put them in their mouth, plasticizer chemicals could potentially enter babies’ bodies that way and disrupt their endocrine system,” BSMI Deputy Director Chuang Suh-chyin (莊素琴) said. \nChuang said that the chemicals are a type of environmental hormone and act as endocrine disruptors, which can cause males to develop feminine characteristics and can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer in females. The chemicals could also potentially damage the liver and kidneys. \nThe sub-standard products, priced at more than NT$2,000, were among the relatively expensive types of baby walkers inspected by the authorities. The other eight types of baby walker passed all of the product safety inspections. \n“The BSMI has already ordered manufacturers and retailers to take the affected products off the shelves and make immediate improvements,” Chuang said. \nThe foundation advised parents against putting babies younger than six months old in a baby walker because babies at this age should develop their muscles to learn to sit and crawl. Babies who sit in baby walkers for extended periods of time could hinder muscle development in their feet.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung
CHALLENGER DEEP: Lin Ying-Tsong was invited by Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo to join him on a 10-hour long trip in the company’s submersible Taiwanese-American Lin Ying-Tsong (林穎聰) last month became the first person from Asia and the 12th in human history to dive into the deepest part on Earth, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. Lin, 45, an expert in deep sea acoustics with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts, joined US adventurer and Caladan Oceanic founder Victor Vescovo, 54, on June 22 in a descent to the central pool of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the trench, which lies at a depth of more than 10,900m. The pair made the descent in a submersible named Limiting Factor, a US$37