Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Several changes will be made to the regulations on the nutrition labeling of carbonated beverages and other prepacked food products, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement on Thursday.
According to the agency, the amendments have been drafted due to concerns over the health of Taiwan nationals, with the changes related to the ways nutrients can be labeled on carbonated beverages and food products.
FDA Deputy Director Lin Chin-fu (林金富) told reporters in a phone call that the highlight of the draft amendments is that carbonated beverages will no longer be permitted to use labeling with words such as “rich in” Vitamin C or similar descriptions, as the content of labeling will be limited to related nutritional facts.
For example, “the product contains Vitamin C” or “the product contains 50 milligrams of Vitamin C per 100 ml,” Lin said.
Meanwhile, Lin said the draft will not limit nutrients that can be labeled on food products. Previously, only eight types of nutrients could be shown on packaging, but that restriction will be rescinded when the new draft take effect, in accordance with international regulations on food products.
If a package shows the nutrients the product actually contains, it will be permitted to include nutritional facts, such as “the product contains Lutein” or “xx grams of protein is included in a serving,” on packaging, Lin added.
From Friday there will be a 60-day period during which members of the public can submit opinions and suggestions on the draft amendments, the agency said.