Taiwan Publishes Draft Standard for Contaminants and Mycotoxin Limits in Food


Posted By: Selerant RSA

On July 4, 2016, Taiwan FDA published a draft regulation “Standards for contaminants and mycotoxins Limits in Food" and asked for public comments. The comment period is expected to be 60 days following the publication date.

The draft regulation is the first general contaminant and mycotoxin regulation in Taiwan, and this regulation fills the blank in the general food legislation framework of Taiwan.

The regulation has been compiled by collecting the existing restriction limits from the sanitation standards for specific food categories, and adding the restriction limits in food products for contaminants of highest concern.

The restricted material are listed as below:

Heavy Metals

Total Arsenic and Inorganic Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Mercury  and Methylmercury, Tin, Copper.

Mycotoxin

Aflatoxins total, B1+B2+G1+G2, Aflatoxin M1, Aflatoxin B1 ,  Ochratoxin A, Patulin,  Citrinin, Fumonisins B1+B2 , Deoxynivalenol, DON, Zearalenone.

Other contaminants and toxic substance

3-Monochloropropane-1,2-diol, 3-MCPD, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs, Plant poison(Hydrocyanic acid, Gossypol, Glycoalkaloids, total(α-solanine and α-chaconine), Erucic acid), Aquatic poison(Paralytic shellfish poisons, PSP,  Diarrhetic shellfish poisons, DSP, Amnesic shellfish poisons, ASP, Azaspiracid , AZP, Neurotoxic shellfish poisons, NSP- Brevetoxin, BTX), Pheophorbide, Volatile basic nitrogen, VBN, Histamine

Taiwanese Health and Welfare Ministry has reiterated that food manufacturers should conduct food manufacturing process according to the “Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation” and “Good manufacture practice for food”. In order to keep food safety and protect resident’s health, the Ministry has stated the intention to continue taking international scientific research and standards as reference for future legislative changes.