Taiwan FDA: Labeling Requirements for GMOs in Food


Posted By: Selerant RSA

 

On May 29, 2015, Taiwan FDA issued 3 amendments of labeling requirements for foods containing GMOs. These are:

 

  1. Labelling requirements for prepackaged food containing ingredients of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  2. Labelling requirements for food additives containing ingredients of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  3. Labelling requirements for unpackaged food containing ingredients of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

 

The new labeling requirements are as follows:

 

1. Food that uses GMOs directly during the manufacturing process yet the final product does not contain transgenic DNA fragments or transgenic proteins shall display one of the following phrases:

  • “genetically modified”, “with genetic modification” or “used genetically modified (organisims)”
  • “this product is made of genetically modified (organisms), but does not contain any transgenic DNA fragment or transgenic proteins”
  • “this product does not contain any transgenic DNA fragment or transgenic proteins, but is made of genetically modified (organisims)”, or “this product does not contain any transgenic DNA fragment or transgenic protein, but genetically modified (organisims)”.

 

2. Food that contains either non-GMOs for which international approvals exist for cultivation or contains food of GMOs, may display the words “non genetically modified” or “with no genetical modification” and additionally it can: i) display the phrase “the proportion of material which contains, consists of or is produced from GMOs considered individually has been appoved for use in a regulation of (country)" or other synonymous phrase, or ii) display the proportion of material which contains, consists of or is produced from GMOs considered individually.

 

3. The above mentioned phrases shall be displayed on the label after the name of the product and the ingredients in principle, or in other obvious locations of the container or packaging.They shall make a clear distinction from other words and phrases existing on the package, and the length and the width of the font shall not be less than 2 mm. Labellingof “non genetically modified” is not stipulated

 

The regulation for prepackaged food and food additivies will take effect on Dec. 31, 2015. The regulation for unpackaged (bulk) food will be into effect in 3 phases, starting from July 1, 2015 and ending Dec. 31, 2015 depending on the type of manufacturer.

 

For the original source click here (in Chinese)