Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food

Better food safety checks urged

Lawmakers passed a motion yesterday demanding the government improve food safety in light of a number of recent health scares.

Thursday, 25 January, 2007, 12:00am

Hospital is path to the big league

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is not only the biggest public hospital in the city, it is also the training ground for senior health officials and unionists.

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Health role

Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai will assume her new post in charge of food safety and environmental hygiene when the Centre for Food Safety is set up in May, sources say.

16 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

HK delegation visits US food safety centre

Updated at 6.49pm: A Hong Kong delegation overnight (HK time) visited the United States Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in the capital city, Washington DC.

A government spokesman said the visit was part of a fact-finding trip to gather information about food safety regulations in other countries.

30 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Drama, yes. New health minister, no

Tung calls off announcement of Yeoh Eng-kiong's successor

The appointment of a health minister turned into a mixture of suspense, drama and comedy yesterday when the chief executive suddenly cancelled a press conference called to make the announcement.

The conference was called off an hour after it was announced and less than 30 minutes before it was due to start.

8 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

'Put minister at head of Hospital Authority'

A former chairman says health chief should chair the board to increase efficiency

The Hospital Authority should be chaired by the health minister so government health policies can be better implemented, says a former chairman of the body.

14 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Yeoh returns to work after taking four-day break

Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong returned to work yesterday after taking a four-day break in the wake of his resignation.

Dr Yeoh started the short break after appearing with Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to announce his resignation on Wednesday. He will stay on for three months until a replacement is found.

13 Jul 2004 - 12:00am


'I have finally learned from Dr Yeoh the meaning of the word shameless.'

Kwok Sin-hung, whose wife died from Sars after the birth of their son, after Secretary for Health and Welfare Yeoh Eng-kiong apologised for the handling of the outbreak but refused to resign. Dr Yeoh finally resigned on Wednesday.


10 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Yeoh exit highlights failure of the system

The departure of health chief Yeoh Eng-kiong should bring to an end one of the most unhappy chapters in our city's history. His resignation was needed. It will now be much easier for the community to recover from the wounds inflicted by Sars.

8 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Labels for food imports on agenda

Hong Kong and mainland officials are to discuss how to label food products to help consumers understand the difference between mainland-made items for export and those for domestic consumption on sale illegally, the health minister says.

22 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Fears drive sales of mainland food down

Scares over unsafe, substandard goods leave them off HK shoppers' lists

Sales of food products from the mainland have dropped nearly 30 per cent in Hong Kong amid a string of scares over unsafe and substandard food, according to traders.

8 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Democrats to support protest by quadriplegics

A group of Democratic Party legislators will join a group of 10 quadriplegic patients in a protest on Monday, during which they will submit a petition to the government demanding better social welfare.

The protest, to be held outside the Legislative Council building, follows last month's public campaign by quadriplegic Ah Pun for the right to die.

8 May 2004 - 12:00am

Practices in HK labs reviewed

A Hong Kong delegation will meet Ministry of Health officials today to assess the risk of the mainland's latest Sars outbreak to the city.

The delegation is led by Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai and includes the controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Leung Pak-yin.

28 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Board picks candidate for medical school dean

The board of Chinese University's medical school yesterday backed a paediatrician to succeed the outgoing dean of medicine, Sydney Chung Sheung-chee, who is stepping down on July 1.

Fok Tai-fai, 52, the associate dean for administration, has been with the university for 20 years and has been acting dean when Professor Chung has been on leave.

9 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Strike threat renewed over poultry imports ban

Hundreds of angry chicken industry workers yesterday staged a demonstration against the government's continuing ban on live poultry imports from the mainland.

The workers threatened to close markets and stage a hunger strike at the airport if the government failed to set a timetable on import resumption by next Wednesday.

4 Mar 2004 - 12:00am