Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Nanmen Market to require registration of ingredients

By Abraham Gerber  /  Staff reporter

Ingredients used in the foodstuffs sold at Taipei’s Nanmen Market (南門市場) are to be registered with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the market’s management association said yesterday, amid worries that this year’s food safety scandals will impact business going into the Lunar New Year.

The traditional market is a major purveyor of seasonal treats during the Lunar New Year.

Visitors to the market have fallen sharply in the wake of increased concerns over food safety, vendor Lin Liang-ta (林亮達) said, adding that visitors were down by 20 to 30 percent compared with before the food scandals.

The market has begun requiring vendors to register and publicize their sources for all ingredients in an effort to reassure consumers, said Lin Li-an (林立安), the inspector-general of the market’s management association.

“Before concerns over food safety, vendors viewed publicizing their sources for ingredients as tedious and time-consuming,” Lin Li-an said. “We’ve now made such publication a requirement, because that is the only way we can reassure consumers and re-establish our reputation.”

In the future, customers will be able to view the ingredients used by any vendor by scanning a QR code posted next to their stall, he said.

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