On Dec. 11, 2017, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) released the Draft new version of Regulations Governing Food Allergen Labeling.
Taiwan FDA established mandatory labeling requirements for six allergens in 2015. Nowadays, taking into consideration the need to align with international food allergen labeling guidelines and the domestic practices of food allergies clinical data, TFDA decided to adjust the food allergen list to include 11 categories.
The 11 proposed food allergens are:
- Crustacea and products thereof.
- Mango and products thereof.
- Peanut and products thereof.
- Sesame, sunflower seeds and products thereof.
- Milk, goat milk and products thereof, except lactitol derived from milk and goat milk.
- Egg and products thereof.
- Nuts and products thereof, including almond, hazelnut, walnut, cashew nut, pecan, brazil nut, pistachio nut, macadamia nut, pine nuts, chestnuts etc.
- Cereals containing gluten and products thereof, including wheat, barley, rye, oats etc.
- Soybean and products thereof, except highly refined or purified soybean oil (fat), tocopherols and their deviation, phytosterols and phytosterol esters.
- The use of sulphites and sulphur dioxide etc., at concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more in term of total SO2 which are to be calculated for final products.
- Salmon, mackerel, codfish, Dissostichus eleginoides (Yuan xue), Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Bian xue) and products thereof.