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Consumers' Foundation criticizes stringent food testing processes

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has made the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation too stringent, which has discouraged testing agencies from conducting tests on food products, the Consumers' Foundation (CF) said yesterday.

The MOHW has often worked with other government agencies to make amendments to the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, the CF said.

According to the MOHW, an amendment was made to the Act which dictates that private agencies that conduct tests declare their names, contact info, and person in charge.

In addition, they need to disclose detailed information regarding their testing processes, theoretical basis, methodology, equipment used, etc. Furthermore, testing products' name, origin, package, batch number, manufacturing dates, expiration date, experimental results, sampling method, judgment basis, applied theories, etc. also need to be revealed by testing agencies.

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