Plastic utensils to be labeled
Reusable plastic food containers, including bowls, plates and saucers, are to have clearer labels indicating their substances, heat resistance range, microwavability and other product details, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday. To help consumers better understand the product quality of plastic food utensils, containers and packaging, the administration in 2011 announced that reusable plastic water bottles and cups, lunch boxes, containers used to preserve food, as well as feeding bottles must display detailed manufacturing information, in accordance with the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法). The FDA has proposed to extend the application of the act to include plastic bowls, plates and saucers, and the amendments will be officially announced in 60 days.
American wins bike race
American Lee Rodgers won the Climbing Taiwan-Never Stop bike race on Sunday, finishing the 71km race on a winding, mostly uphill, highway in 3 hours, 2 minutes, 59 seconds. More than 1,100 cyclists, including 19 from Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, Italy and the US, competed in the event, also known as Explore TATAKA. The race, which was held along Provincial Highway 21, began at 243m above sea level and ended at an altitude of 2,610m in Yushan National Park. Rodgers won a NT$5,000 first prize. Chiu Min-jie clocked the best time by a Taiwanese cyclist, finishing in 3:06.22 to take fifth place. Three other foreign competitors finished in second to fourth places. Nantou County Chief Chen Chen-sheng (陳振盛) said that the highway, one of Taiwan’s most scenic routes, has become very popular with cyclists who are looking for a challenge.