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FDA says imported food labels must be in Mandarin

TAIPEI -- Companies that sell imported food products should make sure the ingredients are clearly labeled in Mandarin, otherwise they risk a fine of up to NT$3 million (US$99,000), health authorities said yesterday.

According to the Act Governing Food Sanitation, imported food products must be labeled in Chinese, said Hsu Chin-feng, an official at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Hsu made the remarks at a news conference in Taipei that was called by lawmaker Lin Tsang-min of the ruling Kuomintang, who raised the issue of imported food labeling.

Lin said some imported food products in supermarkets and grocery stores in Taiwan do not carry Chinese-language labels and he called for tighter inspections of such products.

Hsu, meanwhile, said the law allows a fine of NT$30,000 to NT$3 million for violations of the Chinese-language labeling regulation.

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