Taiwan Expands Scope of Regulated Food Allergens

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September 10, 2018Xiaolu WangBlog

The Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan (MoHW) published the Regulations of Food Allergen Labeling (訂定「食品過敏原標示規定」) (the Regulations) on 21 August 2018. The Regulations impose labeling requirements for food allergens in Taiwan, including the types of allergens subject to mandatory labeling requirements and the format and content required of food allergen labels. 

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Compared to the current Regulations of Food Allergen Labeling (the Current Regulations), which was issued by the MoHW on 7 March 2014, the Regulations expand the scope of food allergens subject to mandatory labeling requirements. For instance, under the Current Regulations, only shrimp and crab and their products are considered allergens, while under the Regulations, all types of shellfish and their products are incorporated into the scope of food allergens. In addition, nuts are now designated as food allergens, while previously only peanuts were considered a food allergen. Moreover, the Regulations provide further clarification on the required content of a food allergen label. Pursuant to the Regulations, if the product name indicates that it contains any food allergens, all allergens contained in this product must be properly presented in the product name as well.

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Companies that manufacture food products in Taiwan or import food products into Taiwan should note that the Ministry of Health and Welfare has revised the Regulations of Food Allergen Labeling to further expand the scope of designated food allergens. In addition to the food allergens that are currently designated under the Regulations of Food Allergen Labeling, companies will need to make sure that a proper warning statement is labeled for additional types of food products, such as nuts and shellfish. 

The Regulations will become effective as of 1 July 2020.








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