No contaminated imports
Taiwan has not imported any pickled cabbage from a supply that allegedly caused a deadly outbreak of food poisoning in Hokkaido, Japan, in the first weeks of this month, health authorities said yesterday. There is no record of pickled Chinese cabbage exports to Taiwan from the food manufacturer in Sapporo that supplied the product in question, the Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. Japanese health authorities have reportedly recalled the pickled products manufactured by the company, the FDA said. Seven people in Japan died in the past weeks after eating pickled cabbage produced by the company, according to media reports. Five of them were found to have contracted infections caused by E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, the reports said.
Vice president visits Belize
Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) met with Taiwanese expatriates in Belize on Sunday to show his concern for fellow countrymen who have settled in the Central American country. Wu arrived in Belize on Saturday on the third stop of an overseas trip that began on Aug. 13. He first stopped in New York on what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described as a transit stop before visiting the Dominican Republic to attend the swearing-in of Dominican President Danilo Medina. On his first full day in Belize, one of Taiwan’s 23 diplomatic allies, the vice president visited an art store operated by a Taiwanese couple and then had high tea with representatives of Taiwanese expatriate organizations. Yesterday, Wu was scheduled to meet Governor General Sir Colville Young and hold talks with Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow, before visiting a farm to check on the progress of one of many Taiwan-Belize cooperation projects.