September 11, 2020


Taiwan's FDA proposes to amend rules on pork fat country of origin labelling 



Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed that bulk packaged food products containing pork fat be exempted from listing its country of origin.


On Monday, Sept. 7, as reported by the Central News Agency, the FDA published draft changes to its food labelling guidelines, which would require country of origin labeling for pork fat as a standalone product, but would exempt such labelling for bulk packaged food products that contain pork fat as an ingredient.


Earlier Health Minister Chen Shih-chung promised that all American pork products would be clearly labelled, but he said at a press event on Tuesday, Sept. 8, that the guidelines had yet to be finalised.


"We are planning to talk with the relevant groups and understand whether this would create difficulties for them. I hope we can label as much as possible, so that consumers can make informed decisions," he was quoted as saying in the report.


The FDA's proposal opened a seven-day period for public comments, after which the rules will be reviewed for possible changes before they are implemented, as per report.


Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen announced last Aug. 28 that Taiwan will lift its ban on imported pork containing the leanness-enhancing feed additive ractopamine and on US beef from cattle aged over 30 months starting Jan. 1, 2021.