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Singapore food fair was postponed, not canceled: official

Staff writer, with CNA

A Taiwan food fair in Singapore has not been canceled, only postponed, according to a Council of Agriculture official.

Hsiao Tung-chung (蕭柊瓊), deputy director of the council’s Department of International Affairs, said that the food fair scheduled for July 25 is being co-sponsored by the Industrial Development and Investment Promotion Committee of Taichung and the Singapore Association of Trade Unions.

The Singaporean side had suggested that the fair be postponed until concerns about Taiwanese food safety are eased, but it still felt the show should eventually be staged to promote Taiwanese products, Hsiao said.

A representative for the Singaporean association said it will follow the suggestion of the Greater Taichung Government in deciding the best time to stage the event.

Hsiao was responding to reports that the fair had been canceled because of several recent Taiwanese food scares triggered by illegal additives and veterinary drug residues being found in foods sold locally.

According to the council, Singapore is the 11th largest market for Taiwanese agricultural produce, with exports totaling US$95.4 million last year.

Hsu Kuai-sheng (許桂森), head of the council’s Department of International Affairs, said sales of agricultural products to Singapore remained strong, and that decline in sales of fish such as tuna and mackerel accounted for much of this year’s falloff.

However, Singaporean importers have complained about what they perceive as lax food standards in Taiwan after Taiwanese rice noodles were found not to contain rice, beverages were tainted with plasticizers and organic rice tested positive for pesticide residues in recent years.

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