Baby formula not imported
A batch of baby formula that is allegedly linked to the death of a baby in the US has not entered the local market, health officials said yesterday. Enfamil Newborn Formula, produced by US manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition with the batch number ZP1K7G, was pulled from more than 3,000 stores in the US after a 10-day-old baby in Missouri died from a rare infection after consuming it. Feng Jun-lan (馮潤蘭), an official with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said there is no test report for the formula in question and the product has not been distributed to stores in Taiwan. The infection that killed the baby in the US was caused by a type of bacteria known as Cronobacter sakazakii and the source of the bacteria has not yet been determined, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Solar eclipse due in May
People in some parts of the nation will be able to see an annular solar eclipse next year, a celestial event that has not been visible in Taiwan for more than half a century, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. On May 21, an annular solar eclipse will be visible in Keelung, Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu, as well as in the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, the bureau’s Astronomical Observatory said, adding that people in other parts of the nation will only be able to see a partial solar eclipse. The last annular solar eclipse occurred in 2009, but only a partial eclipse was visible in Taiwan, the weather bureau said. An annular solar eclipse was last visible in Taiwan in 1958, according to the observatory’s records.
Minister lauds host families
More than 1,000 families have been certified to host international students, Minister of Education Wu Ching-ji (吳清基) said as he encouraged more families to join the ministry’s efforts to make international students’ stay in Taiwan more memorable. Since the government launched the Friendly Taiwan-Host Family Plan two years ago, it has trained and certified 1,162 host families, who have accommodated international students during their stays, Wu said. “The program aims to help international students feel more at home in Taiwan,” the minister said, adding that it has helped about 80 schools around the nation provide host family services. The program is part of the government’s efforts to promote Taiwanese culture and language, and to boost the nation’s international image. The number of international and exchange students who visited last year was 33,948, according to the ministry’s figures.