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Millet wine supervision earns censure for MOF

TAIPEI--The nation's highest watchdog body censured the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Wednesday for failing to supervise millet-based products.

The Control Yuan said that although over 60 percent of so-called millet products on the market are brewed from glutinous rice or a mixture of other types of rice, they are all marketed as millet-based.

Control Yuan member Cheng Jen-hung said there are presently 24 companies registered with the tax authorities as producers of millet wine — the main product derived from the cereal crop.

Among the 79 wines of this type produced, only 28 are actually produced from millet. Of the falsely labeled wines, one is made from glutinous rice and the remaining 50 are produced from a mixture of glutinous rice, white rice and other kinds of rice, although 47 of them are labeled as millet-based wine.

"This misleads consumers into thinking that the products are completely made from millet, which seriously undermines their rights," Cheng said.

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