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Health ministry readies new regulation for nutrition labels

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) is planning to force food suppliers to mark nutrition facts based on the marketed serving-size of packaged foods from July 1 next year.

According to the MHW's Food and Drug Administration (FDA), starting from July 1, 2015, all nutrition facts marked on packaged foods should clearly state the total amount of sugar, calories and nutrition contained in each product.

If food providers violate the regulation, the FDA said, it will receive between a minimum fine of NT$40,000 and a maximum fine of NT$4 million.

According to the FDA, based on current regulations, the nutrition-facts labels are marked based on the amount of nutrition contained in 100 grams of the product, which means that people have to calculate how much nutrition and calories they consume.

The FDA said that food providers should also mark all food additives and the amount of sugar added to the food.

According to the FDA, food providers can still label nutrition facts based on a 100-gram serving size, but it also has to provide the total nutrition facts pertaining to the entire package.

The new regulations, the FDA said, will help consumers easily understand or calculate how many calories they take in from consuming packaged foods.

The FDA said that the new regulations will be published on April 15 and they will be officially carried out on July 1 of next year. They will be applied to all packaged food except for vitamin capsules and pills.

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