Schoolchildren to Get Grouper in Lunches Once a Month 政院6億補助國中小午餐 每月1餐石斑魚

After China stopped the import of Taiwanese grouper on the grounds of banned chemicals and excess chemical residue being found in the fish, the Executive Yuan announced it would spend NT$600 million to add grouper to school lunches once a month from September to December. 


The government will be spending NT$600 million to add grouper to school lunches once a month in the last quarter of the year. 

Citizen: “Apparently, Taiwanese children can only get (grouper) when it can't be sold. They would never get to eat such things otherwise.”

Student: “I'm very happy. I've never had it in my school lunch before.”

Student: “( Reporter: “Have you ever had grouper?”) Yes. I have it at home. I'm very happy.”

The Council of Agriculture is trying to distribute 1,600 tons of grouper that were rejected by China, with the government shelling out NT$600 million to make the fish available in school lunches.

Chen Chi-chung, Agriculture Minister: “This is a win-win-win situation. Schoolchildren will get to eat delicious grouper slices or fillets. Parents will be able to rest easy that our school lunch ingredients are improving. Most importantly, the Council of Agriculture will supplement this with agricultural education.”

Taiwan's chief grouper export, brown-marbled grouper, was the type of grouper banned in China. Many are therefore wondering why giant grouper is the type of grouper headed into school lunches.

Chen Kun-cheng, Executive Director, Xingang Community Coop: “The difference between brown-marbled grouper and giant grouper is that the former is smaller and has smaller bones. It can still be made into fish sticks, but it takes more work. ”

Breeders say brown-marbled grouper have smaller bones and it therefore requires more work from kitchen workers to process. At the same time, they say they are grateful for any help they can get.

 

 

一早來到傳統市場,買氣熱絡,民眾來挑選魚產,得知政府從加碼6億元,讓國中小學童從9月到12月,每個月都會有一餐石斑魚入菜,都覺得很不錯。

民眾說:「銷不出去,國內的小朋友才可以吃的到呀,否則一般他們吃不到這種東西呀。」

小朋友說:「很開心呀,因為營養午餐都沒有吃過。」

記者也問另一位小朋友是否吃過石斑魚? 小朋友回答:「有,因為家裡有賣,很高興呀。」

由於農委會原先規劃,中國禁令後,石斑魚內銷約有1600噸受影響,也引發政府再花6億元補助學校午餐吃石斑魚,是否為了去化這1600噸的討論?

農委會主委陳吉仲表示:「這個是可以創造3贏,讓小朋友可以吃到好吃的石斑魚片、魚排,讓家長更放心,我們的學校午餐食材再進步,更重要的是,農委會也會搭配食農教育。」

而國內目前外銷以龍虎石斑為主,也是這次遭中國禁輸的項目。但校園營養午餐選的是龍膽石斑,也引發外界質疑。

高雄市永安區新港社區合作社執行長陳坤成表示:「龍虎跟龍膽,牠差別的話,的確,龍虎魚比較小,所以牠的刺會比較細一點點,牠還是可以透過切成魚柳條的方式(料理),比較費工。」

養殖業者表示,龍虎石斑的魚刺細,團膳業者如果要料理入菜,確實要多費一些工。養殖業者強調,不管學校午餐是用何種石斑,都感謝各方的幫忙。

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