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Taiwan News Quick take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ HEALTH

Taiwan not in Abbott recall

Department of Health officials yesterday said the brand of Abbott Laboratories powdered infant formula that the company has reported as contaminated is not imported into Taiwan. Abbott launched a voluntary mass recall of 5 million cans of its Similac brand powdered infant formula on Wednesday, saying it might be contaminated by insects, which could induce stomach pains and harm the digestive system. The Similac brand is distributed in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and certain Caribbean countries, but it has not been found in this country, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. However, officials said that the agency would continue to investigate and seek more details from Abbott.

■ CULTURE

China to borrow painting

The National Taiwan Museum plans to loan a treasured painting to China, the first such exchange with China, officials said yesterday. Previous Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected because the government feared the works might be confiscated. The National Taiwan Museum said it plans to loan a 17th-century portrait of the Ming Dynasty general Koxinga (國姓爺) — also known as Cheng Cheng-kung (鄭成功) and other art treasures to the Hubei Provincial Museum and another museum in Fujian Province for exhibitions next year. “We support the government’s policy of promoting cultural exchanges with the mainland,” said Li Tzu-ning (李子寧), an official at the National Taiwan Museum. In return, the Hubei museum will loan more than 100 items to the National Taiwan Museum for an exhibition scheduled for November, Li said. The National Palace Museum has said it was unlikely to loan its items to China in the absence of guarantees they would not be retained.

■ SOCIETY

Plagiarist stripped of award

A man who won a poster design competition to promote copyright protection has been stripped of his prize after he was exposed as a copycat, officials said yesterday. The man, identified only by his surname, Wu (吳), apologized and admitted that his design was copied from a work by Dutch artist Dennis Sibeijn featuring a paper plane and, ironically, titled Truth. Wu was ordered to return the NT$50,000 prize he won in the contest last year when he was a university student. His deception was discovered after a commuter recognized Sibeijn’s work on a billboard of Wu’s design in a Taipei subway station and reported it to the Intellectual Property Office. The posters have now been removed from all subway stations, but officials warned that if Sibeijn files a lawsuit against Wu, he could face a jail term of up to three years or a fine of NT$750,000.

■ JUDICIARY

Delegation visits Canada

A 10-member delegation from the Taiwan High Court visited the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday in an effort to gain an understanding of the Canadian judicial system. Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith briefed the delegation on her court’s duties and functions. The delegation, led by Taiwan High Court Chief Justice Kuo Ya-mei (郭雅美), also held discussions with two judges Randall Echlin and Geoffrey Morawetz on the differences in the two countries’ court systems, commercial laws, bankruptcy laws and arbitration systems. Kuo said the discussions were meaningful and helpful. “What we learned during the visit could be a useful reference for judicial reforms in the future,” she said. The delegation will visit other Canadian judicial institutions until Tuesday.

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