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President Tsai Ing-Wen: “School Lunch in Hsinchu City Ranks 1st the Country”
Publish Date:110-01-19
Units:Department of General Affairs   Category:News
Accompanied by Lin Chih-Chien, the City Mayor, President Tsai Ing-Wen went for an inspection on school lunches at San Min Elementary School. She even brought limited edition scarves as Chinese New Year presents and wrapped them around students herself to keep them warm. Seeing the students enjoy their meals and have classes joyfully in classrooms that resemble an art museum, President Tsai Ing-Wen complimented that “Hsinchu City has established a paradigm”. She gave recognition to Mayor Lin Chih-Chien for not only doing a solid job on the infrastructure but also doing well on the school lunch project. When it comes to the usage rate of domestic ingredients Hsinchu even ranks 1st in the entire country.

“Hsinchu City not only has great infrastructure but also places 1st in usage rate of domestic ingredients, setting an important paradigm,” said President Tsai Ing-Wen. In recent years the government has been highly concerned about food safety. They are determined to maintain food safety based on experience, So parents can rest assured.

Mayor Lin Chih-Chien expressed that there are three strong points about school lunch in Hsinchu. First, food origin management. Second, origin labeling. Third, enhanced propaganda and inspection by the Public Health Bureau. These measures help maintain food safety for citizens. Also, we are the first to conform to the policies of the central government. The school lunch here is approved by the “3 Seals and 1 Q” verification. The 90% coverage rate is the best in the country. Besides meat, the other ingredients are also organic, and the fruits and vegetables are grown locally and of high quality.

Acting Director Shen, Ching-Tao stated, there are 19 lunch kitchens that provide free lunch in Hsinchu City, serving 46,000 students. Four years ago, Hsinchu City accomplished the high usage rate of domestic ingredients prior to all other counties and cities in Taiwan. In recent years, the coverage rate has been the highest in the country. Ingredients are marked with QR codes for examination. On top of that, there is a lunch registration platform. Parents can see the origins of ingredients, allowing students to enjoy nice, assured and domestically grown food.

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