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GMP oil products pass tests: MOEA

GMP oil products pass tests: MOEA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – All 20 edible oil products from seven companies carrying a Good Manufacturing Practice label were 100 percent pure as advertised, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said after tests Thursday.
As food producers Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Company and Flavor Full Foods Inc. admitted to using cheap cottonseed oil in the production of other more expensive types of oil, the government launched an all-out review of edible and cooking oil brands on the market.
Especially the products carrying the government-approved GMP label were singled out for tests amid accusations that the system was less than watertight.
The MOEA announced the results Thursday of tests conducted on a list of 20 GMP oil products from seven companies. The products, which claimed to be 100 percent pure, did not contain cottonseed oil or gossypol, a chemical found in cotton which has been listed as damaging to male fertility, the MOEA said.
Health and Welfare Minister Chiu Hung-ta said that food companies using oil products would have to sign a guarantee by October 31 that their prime materials and additives corresponded to those mentioned on their product labels. Expanded inspections of oil products would begin in November, the minister said.
The Legislative Yuan approved a motion Thursday demanding that the MOEA review 3,629 GMP products within three months and report back to lawmakers about the results.
Speaking at the Legislative Yuan before the announcement about the GMP product tests, Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch said the qualification system could be reviewed but not abolished. He explained that the system existed according to a voluntary basis, and that products would be tested on average once every three months.
Most food manufacturers supplied reliable products, but a minority had become too greedy and flouted common standards of food quality for the sake of profit, Chang said.
As promised by other government leaders as well, the minister said that in future fines would become heavier to discourage dishonest practices, while checks on the manufacturing process would be increased and the use of whistleblowers would be encouraged.
The GMP system had its merit in supporting bona-fide businesses, and could therefore not be abolished just because a minority had abused it, according to Chang.


Updated : 2021-07-31 00:36 GMT+08:00