The Consumer Protection Committee recently conducted an investigation of 17 family restaurants, and only one met all regulations. In particular, 76 percent were in violation of kitchen sanitation regulations. Moreover, some restaurants were found to be using expired products.
Jars of expired seasoning are removed from the shelf and thrown into a large trash bag. The Consumer Protection Committee recently inspected 17 family restaurants in Yilan, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung to determine if they met sanitation, fire safety, construction and adhesion contract regulations. It found 13 restaurants to be in violation of kitchen sanitation standards, including four that were using expired food or seasoning. One restaurant in Taoyuan was found to have used 20 expired ingredients in 15 dishes.
The majority of the cases involved seasoning, but there were also cases involving ingredients, such as black beans, which is already not only just about seasoning.
Local health officials have already handled the issue of the expired products. Four restaurants were fined a total of NT$ 240,000.
The committee also inspected the children's play areas at the restaurants. Some were found to have insects, while there were also cases of damaged balls in ball pits. Ten restaurants failed to station qualified personnel in these areas or train these personnel, while five failed to take out public liability insurance. Nine had expired first-aid kits, and illegal construction was found at three restaurants.
In terms of the play areas, we found that 13 restaurants were in violation of standards, including 11 that didn't have written inspection reports or guarantees (for the play area facilities).
The committee says the safety regulations for playground equipment give restaurants established before 2017 a three-year buffer period to make improvements. However, it discovered some restaurants were misusing this period and had failed to produce written inspection reports. It will ask local governments to step up their supervision and ask the Ministry of Health and Welfare to study the possibility of asking these restaurants to take out public liability insurance.