2015 EU-Taiwan Food Safety Seminar: Food Risk Assessment, Management and Communication
2015 台歐食品安全研討會:食品安全危機管理與食安信心重建 (中文請詳見本網頁下半部)
Taipei, 22 June

The 2015 EU-Taiwan Food Safety Seminar was jointly organized by the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), under the framework of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation Programme (EBRC), the Food Safety Office, Executive Yuan, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MoHW) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BoFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA). The seminar brought together government officials and experts from both the EU and Taiwan to share experience on food risk management. The seminar was attended by 280 representatives of European and Taiwanese industries, government authorities and academia. Premier Mao Chi-kuo and Frédéric Laplanche, Head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) delivered opening remarks at the seminar.

Premier Mao stated that in recent years Taiwan and EU authorities have continued to exchange information and experience on food safety and management issues, including seminars on food related topics. The government has also worked to deepen dialogue between industry, government and academia, and promoted exchanges between Taiwan and Europe that is increasingly more comprehensive and in-depth. In this regard, the premier thanked the European Commission for helping to arrange a visit to the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) in Ireland and a field visit to Hungary. He said that this had helped to facilitate and enhance the ability of Taiwan’s food factory inspectors to acquire in-depth understanding of the EU’s epidemic prevention and quarantine measures and paved the way for future bilateral exchanges and interaction.

The premier concluded that ensuring that the food we eat is safe cannot completely rely on government control. It also requires self-management by industry in cooperation with government assistance and consultation as well as the strict implementation of inspection, source management, quality control management policy and the cooperation of all stakeholders.

In his remarks, Laplanche noted that the presence of Premier Mao and the large audience demonstrated the government’s commitment, interest and relevance of food safety issues. He pointed out that ensuring a high level of protection of human health and consumers' interests in relation to food is a key objective not only of the European Commission and the competent authorities of the EU Member States. It is also a goal fully shared by the Taiwanese administration, and a principle that underlies bilateral EU-Taiwan cooperation.

He went on to set out the main objectives of the 2015 EU-Taiwan Food Safety Seminar: to provide a forum for a constructive dialogue between experts, to exchange experience and to share best practices on shared problems. In addition, the seminar aims to create an environment conducive to eliminating existing irritants, bridging gaps by proposing internationally-agreed and scientifically-underpinned solutions that follow an integrated approach to food safety, that are fully in line with the principle of a high level of protection of human health and consumers' interests while at same time ensuring that trade is not unnecessarily hampered.

The seminar had two sessions: Risk Management on Combating food fraud experiencing sharing and Risk Commutation and best practice sharing. The first session of the seminar covered the general principles of food risk management and how to strengthen food safety networks through the establishment and execution of policies. The second session focused on food traceability systems and introduced the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which aims to reinforce consumer confidence in food safety and Food Business Operators (FBOs). Each session ended with a Q&A session while the seminar was concluded with a panel discussion featuring all of the speakers from both sessions. The lively panel discussion was a fitting end to a productive seminar that helped to improve understanding among stakeholders.

The European experts were Eric Marin, Deputy Head of Unit of DG SANTE, Stéphane André, Policy Officer of DG SANTE, Vicky Lefevre, Director-General, DG Control Policy from the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, and Margery Ho (何默真), Public Relations Manager from Carrefour Taiwan.

The Taiwanese experts were Wu Hsi-wen (吳希文), Section Chief, Food Safety Division, FDA, MOHW, Fu Tzu-yu (傅子煜), Senior Specialist & Chief Planning Department, COA, Executive Yuan, Liao Ting-chuan (廖丁川), Chairman, Hankuan. Taiwan, Yeh An-gong (葉安恭), TQF Consultant. And the panel discussion was chaired by Bonnie Sun Pan (孫寶年), TQF Chairlady.




歐洲經貿辦事處已連續多年在台灣舉辦食安研討會,今年的研討會委由「歐盟在台商業與法規合作計畫」負責執行,獲得行政院和台灣相關政府部門的支持,共同合辦。其中行政院院長 毛治國將親臨致詞,衛生福利部食品藥物管理署、行政院農業委員會、行政院食品安全辦公室等政府部門也指派官員擔任講師,針對台灣處理食用油摻偽事件,運用雲端建立台灣食品追溯體系,以及產銷履歷農產品制度進行深度探討。經濟部國貿局本於推動台歐雙邊貿易,對於本次活動也給予大力支持。

這次研討會的講師陣容,除了官方代表外, 尚有來自歐洲業界的代表如家樂福,以及參與台灣產銷履歷計畫的果菜生產合作社代表,他們都在會中分享企業和農民如何建立自己的食品追溯系統,以及農民為因應食安問題,加入產銷履歷計畫後農作和產銷模式的改變。而台灣食品業界近年來積極尋求改革轉型,並期待建立與國際接軌的台灣食品認證制度,以重獲消費者的信心,台灣優良食品發展協會在會中簡報國際最新的食品安全倡議趨勢,並向各界簡報台灣GMP體系因應食安問題所進行的改革。

歐盟國家過去也曾發生多起重大食安事件,歐盟執委會和會員國深切了解,食品安全和消費者的信心重建不是一朝一夕可得,因此多年來不斷地強化法規和執行力,以建立起通行全歐盟的完整食安體系。透過歐盟執委會的協助,這次研討會邀請到比利時聯邦政府食品與食物鏈安全管理中心管理政策處處長Vicky Lefevre來台與會。她在研討會中,針對一九九O 年比利時爆發戴奧辛食品汙染事件的危機處理 ,以及比利時和歐盟執委會,在此事件後如何改造和強化該國和歐盟整體的食品安全法規。來自歐盟執委會衛生總署的官員,另針對歐盟的食品法規如何確保食品安全,以及歐盟如何對付食品詐欺問題,分享歐盟的法規和做法,供台灣各界參考。