Imported foods fail tests
US ham, French salad dressing, kimchi from South Korea and goji berries from China were among 16 products barred from entering Taiwan because they contained traces of banned drugs or excessive levels of preservatives and pesticides, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. The products, which also included dried chrysanthemums from Japan, dried penny bun mushrooms from France, green tea from Vietnam and corn and cactus extracts from the US, failed to pass border inspections, the administration said. The items have been destroyed or sent back to the countries from which they were exported, the agency said. The administration updates border inspection information on products banned from entering Taiwan every Wednesday.
Comedian seeks justice
Taiwanese comedian Kuo Tzu-chien (郭子乾), who suffered second-degree burns at a South Korean hotel in 2012, said he hopes to obtain justice in that country’s high court as a hearing got under way yesterday. At a press conference in Seoul, he displayed dated photographs of a kettle that he said was in his hotel room at the time of the incident that led to his injuries. Kuo said the bottom fell out of the kettle when he lifted it and he was burned by the just-boiled water inside. In the photographs, strips of tape can be seen running down the side of the kettle and cracks can be seen in its bottom. A Korean lower court rejected Kuo’s claims in August last year, ruling that his complaint was an attempt to discredit the hotel and obtain damages. Kuo said that the lower court had distorted the facts, adding that he filed an appeal in a higher court to defend his dignity and that of all Taiwanese.
Fatty liver rates spike
The incidence of fatty liver has spiked sharply in Taiwan over the past 20 years, with more than 60 percent of people over the age of 40 now suffering from the disease, a survey by Lianan Wellness Center released yesterday showed. The survey showed that 52.9 percent of people who had health checks last year were diagnosed with fatty liver disorder, compared with an incidence of 2.8 percent in 1993. Fatty liver disease is commonly associated with metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis and obesity, Center director Cheng Nai-yuan (鄭乃源) said. The survey found that 93 percent of patients with the disorder had abnormal levels in at least three of the five metabolic syndrome indicators — waistline measurement, blood pressure, blood glucose, triglycerides and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
Singer to arrive on Sunday
Japanese singer, songwriter and actor Masaharu Fukuyama is set to visit Taiwan on Sunday to promote a concert and new album, the local promoter of the event announced yesterday. Fukuyama is to promote his “We’re Bros. Tour” concert in Taipei, as well as introduce his new album, Human — his 11th studio album and first in five years — according to Amuse Entertainment Taiwan Inc. Fukuyama’s concert is scheduled for June 7 at the Taipei Arena. It is to form part of a tour that also includes 14 concerts in Japan and two in Hong Kong. Tickets for the Taipei concert are to go on sale on March 1, Amuse Entertainment Taiwan said.