To protect consumer rights, the Executive Yuan’s Department of Consumer Protection (hereinafter referred to as the DCP) has recently worked together with the relevant authorities to inspect restaurant partners of online food ordering app for their food and kitchen hygiene. Among the 20 pieces of vegetables that had been sampled for testing, 2 pieces showed pesticide residues exceeding the standards; among the 26 kitchens that had been checked for health management, 20 kitchens failed to meet the environmental sanitation standards and 6 had expired food. The local governments have been informed of the inspection results and urged to deal with the non-compliant operators according to law and trace the source of those vegetables with pesticides exceeding the standards.
In recent years, the online food ordering app has been popular, encouraging the emergence of online food and beverage industry. In May 2019, the DCP worked together with officers from the Consumer Protection Office and the Health Organization of Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Taichung City and Kaohsiung City to conduct a random inspection and check on the "Food Hygiene and Safety" and "Management of Kitchen Environment" of the 26 restaurant partners of online food ordering service under their respective jurisdiction. The results are as follows:
I. Hygiene and safety of ingredients:
(I) Eggs: The testing was done on "7 items in tetracyclines", "48 items in multiple residues of animal drugs (II)" and "fipronil". All the 12 samples that had been tested passed the tests.
(II) Vegetables: The testing was done on “374 items of multiple pesticide residue analysis”. Among the 20 samples that had been tested, 2 samples had pesticide residues exceeding the standards.
II. Management of kitchen environment:
(I) Kitchen sanitation: Among the 26 companies that had been checked, 20 failed to meet the standards.
(II) Storage and use of ingredients (whether or not there were expired ingredients): 6 cases were found to have expired ingredients.
The Council of Agriculture has been requested to implement the monitoring mechanisms for pesticide residues in vegetables, to keep vegetables with excessive pesticide residues from entering the market for sales, and to strengthen the guidance of farmers to establish correct concept on how to use pesticide. Finally, the Food and Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare will include the management of kitchen environment of restaurant partners of online food ordering service as a key category for annual review.