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On February 6, 2017, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) published announcement to release“Regulations Governing the Product Names and Labeling of Prepackaged Butter, Cream, Margarine and Fat Spreads”. This regulation will take effect on July 1, 2017(decided by manufacturing date).

The regulation specifies that:

Butter and cream are made from dairy products. Products which contain at least 80% milkfat shall be named butter; products which contain milkfat content 10%-80% shall be named cream (edible fat oil, fresh butter, fresh fat oil).

Margarine and fat spreads are made from edible fats and oils. If fat content of product is at least 80%, the name of it shall be “margarine”. If fat content of product is 10%-80%, the name of it shall be “fat spreads”. The words  commend the product as vegetable butter shall not appear on the packages.

TFDA has reminded that the food product name should be consistent with the nature of the food and the food industry should label the products truly according to the ingredient used in order to provide clear information for consumer when selecting products.

If the product is missing the information in the label, it will be in violation of article 22 of Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, the punishment will be penalty fine NT $ 30,000 to NT $ 3000,000. If the product use unqualified ingredient but make false label like “butter”, “fresh cream” or etc., it will be in violation of article 28 of Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, the penalty fine will be up to NT $ 4000,000 at most.

Posted by Annie He on Feb 24, 2017

Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Specialist

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