The Council of Agriculture (COA) renewed a pledge yesterday to restore credibility in its Certified Agricultural Standard (CAS) label, while announcing a plan to promote premium agricultural products at a fair in Beijing in September.
Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Wu-hsiung (陳武雄) said the Taiwan Premium Agricultural Products Development Institute, established by the council in 1991 to promote the CAS label, would organize the fair for 80 Taiwanese firms that produce CAS products.
The logo, which is an implicit guarantee of food safety in Taiwan, was marred by the discovery of residues of banned drugs in CAS meat products in May. Chen said the government had spared no effort to strengthen the management and quality control of CAS products since to restore the label’s credibility.
Among the measures was the establishment of a raw material traceability and monitoring system for CAS products and an increase in educational training and technical assistance to CAS companies through the Food Industry Research and Development Institute, Chen said.
As of the end of May, 6,303 products from 337 companies had been certified to carry the CAS label.
China officially recognized the CAS label in January.