Fruit vendors at the Shilin Night Market in Taipei recently signed a joint pledge to sell fruit with price tags and use electronic scales to make prices more transparent amid complaints about overpriced fruit at the market.
The fruit vendors made the pledge in the wake of a recent complaint filed by a group of Singaporean tourists to the Tourism Bureau that a fruit stand in the night market charged them NT$1,800 for four custard apples, which is three times the usual price.
Taipei City’s Market Administration Office launched an investigation into the fruit’s prices last week amid concerns about the pricey fruit’s impact on the reputation of the market, a top tourist attraction in Taipei.
Director of the office, Wang San-chun (王三中), said they did not locate the fruit stand that sold overpriced fruit to the Singaporeans, but have instructed a total of 20 fruit stands at the market to put price tags on their fruit and to use electronic scales to make the price of their produce more transparent.
“Most of the fruit stands sell high-quality fruit with services like tasting and slicing the fruit, and so the prices of the fruit would not be the same with those in other markets. However, we will make sure that the fruit is not overpriced,” he said.
According to the fruit stands at the Shilin Night market, fruit available at the stands, such as guava, star fruit, papaya and pineapple are sold at about NT$30 per 100kg.
A fruit vendor, surnamed Lee (李), said her business was affected by the complaints about overpriced fruit at the market, and urged the city government to make frequent inspections to protect the rights of legal vendors.
“We do not want some bad vendors to damage the reputation of Shilin Night Market and hurt our business,” she said.
Economic Development Commissioner Huang Chi-jui (黃啟瑞) said his department planned to push forward the certification mechanism at major night markets to help tourists identify reputable vendors.
Wang said customers can contact the Market Administration Office at 02-28815557 or consumer inquiry hotline at 1950, if they found vendors failing to use electronic scales or to put price tags on the products at the market.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,