Cabinet-level committee finds dried fruits, jams incorrectly labeled

A recent inspection into fruit products revealed that eight out of 25 items were labeled incorrectly and therefore in violation of food safety regulations, the Cabinet-level Consumer Protection Committee said Thursday.


In a statement, the committee said that an inspection of dried fruit products and jams was recently conducted due to a surge in online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for the Lunar New Year.


Dried fruit products from 13 different brands, and jams from 12 were purchased from online stores, the committee said, adding that 25 tested items did not contain artificial preservatives or sweeteners.


However, eight of the brands failed the labeling regulations set out by the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.


The committee said seven of the brands had made errors when providing details in their labels, such as volume or unit discrepancies with regards to protein, carbohydrate, sugar, salt, fat, and vitamin C content, as well as insufficient details about the manufacturer or retailer.


The manufacturers of the seven products could receive fines between NT$30,000 (US$1084.89) and NT$3 million, and will be obliged to rectify labeling errors within a certain timeframe, the committee added.


The committee said that two of the eight products had also been found to be incorrectly labeled as “all-natural,” as the jams and dried fruits in question had been processed before being sold to consumers.


The committee also said the manufacturers of the two products could be subjected to fines between NT$40,000 to NT$4 million, with limited time allowed for changes.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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