The melamine scare widens as the chemical has been found not only in instant coffee, milk tea, puddings, chicken-and-corn soup and ready-to-serve packs of healthy grain drinks, but also in cheese powder packs offered by a local pizza franchise.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that melamine is abused by food producers because its high nitrogen content registers as high protein level readings in food products, and boosts profits from diluted milk powder.
Lew-ting Chih-yin, associate professor of National Taiwan University’s Department of Public Health, said she was disappointed in the way the government handled the situation, from both a mother’s and a professional’s point of view.
“Milk and dairy products are found in so many different products,” she said. “If the standard isn’t strict enough, how do we know what kind of foods are safe to eat?” The government needs to apply strict standards and not tolerate any presence of melamine, she said.
Another doctor in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital agreed, saying that “the Council of Agriculture is doing the right thing by insisting on the strictest standards so the contamination does not get into our food supply.”“Who would have thought melamine would be added to food? This situation is a good reminder that the government should do a better job of screening and set up a precautionary system so we do not have to rely on other countries telling us,” he said.
1. What is the main idea of this passage?
(A) To raise public concern about the melamine abuse.
(B) To set up a precautionary system for food safety.
(C) To limit food imports from Mainland China.
(D) To urge the government to apply stricter standards on food safety.
2. What is the political position the report taking?
(A) That the government is the one to blame.
(B) That food producers should take the blame.
(C) That the general public needs to be careful about what they consume.
(D) That we rely on other countries’ announcement.
3. What does the word “contamination” in the last paragraph mean?
(A) Something that is abused to gain huge profits.
(B) Something that is poisonous by adding a chemical.
(C) Something that is found to register as high protein level.
(D) Something that is ready-to-serve and offered by a local pizza franchise.
ANSWER: 1. (D) 2. (A) 3. (B)
1. melamine (n.) 三聚氫胺
2. franchise (n.) 大公司的聯鎖店
3. nitrogen (n.) 氮氣
4. boost (v.) 增加，提高
5. diluted milk powder稀釋的奶粉
6. contamination (n.) 污染；污物
7. precautionary (a.) 預有戒備的