Taiwan to tighten rules on GM product labeling
December 10, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
TAIPEI -- Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Monday that it plans to tighten its regulations on the compulsory labeling of food products containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients, adopting the standards used by the European Union.
Compulsory labeling will apply to food products that contain atleast 0.9 percent of their weight in GM ingredients, FDA deputy chief Chiang Yu-mei told the media on the sidelines of a legislative committee hearing.
The current minimum level, based on the Act Governing Food Sanitation, is 5 percent, but “we will follow the EU standard” and will notify the public of the planned change by the end of December, she said.
After the notification process, public opinion will be sought and scholars and experts will discuss the plan, according to an FDA official responsible for public affairs, implying that the change may not be implemented soon.
The FDA must be very cautious since such a change will affect many businesses, the official said.