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TFDA Finalizes the Rules on the Nutritional Claims of Packaged Food

April 20, 2015

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has finalized rules for the nutritional claims of packaged food that will be implemented beginning January 1, 2016.

The final rule includes the following:

  • Labeling of the content of potassium on foods bearing low sodium label claims
  • Labeling of “containing iodine” or “iodine added” for salt is now permitted
  • When packaged food carries two or more nutrition claims, the claims should be based on measurements taken from the product in a single state (solid form, semisolid form, or liquid form)
  • Addition of the standards of nutrition claims for trans-fats and lactose concentrations
  • Revised rules on the use of claims such as “high in,” “rich in,” “intensifies,” etc. pertaining to Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and calcium
  • Use of terminology such as “high in,” “rich in”, “source of,” “supplies,” “contains,” etc., as well as all functional claims are now permitted for beverages with high energy and high sugar content, such as soda water and cola (with calories generated from sugar less than 10% of the total calories), as well as chewing gum
  • Use of terminology such as “high in,” “rich in,” “source of,” “supplies,” “contains,” etc. is not permitted for pickled vegetables
  • Inclusion of food in capsule or tablet forms with limited daily consumptions in this regulation