Taiwan will introduce a slew of new regulations pertaining to the labeling of food products, with effect from Jan. 1, in an effort to improve food safety and protect consumers’ rights, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The new measures will cover labeling regulations for cod, chocolates and Semen Coicis, the FDA said in a statement earlier this week.
The new regulations, which are part of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, stipulate that only fish classified as Gadiformes should be labeled as cod.
Other fish species close to the Gadiformes order, such as sea bass and Greenland halibut, should not be labeled as cod, the FDA said, citing the regulations.
It said there have been cases of sea bass and Greenland halibut being labeled and sold to Taiwan consumers as cod.
Regarding chocolates, the FDA said products labeled as dark sweet chocolate must contain at least 35% cocoa solids, while those labeled as milk chocolate must contain at least 25% cocoa solids. Otherwise, the product cannot be called chocolate, the FDA said.
Another new regulation pertains to Semen Coicis, the FDA said, adding that many food companies have been selling pearl barley under the label of Semen Coicis, which looks similar.
The new labeling regulations will take effect from Jan. 1 and violators will be subject to fines of between NT$30,000 (US$928) and NT$4 million, according to the FDA.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel