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TFDA to enforce new safety regulations in July

TFDA to enforce new safety regulations in July

Following the strings of tea safety scandals that have plagued the nation’s food and beverage industry in recent months, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) Monday invited over 119 restaurant and beverage operators to announce a new set of regulations to be implemented effective July 31.

The rules include the tracking of imported raw ingredients, enforced inspection, labeling of country of origin, caffeine contents, and so forth. To date, more than 50 percent of the island’s beverage operations are either chains or franchises, according to the TFDA.

The Monday seminar gathered restaurant and beverage operators nationwide for a closed-door discussion to improve operation management and tea quality evaluation.

Authorities said the recent tainted tea scandals stem mostly from irregularities found in imported rose tea leaves, which are often mixed with local variations to produce the vastly popular bubble tea drinks.

Importers of tea leaves, trading companies, and beverage packaging plants with capital exceeding NT$30 million are required to impose this new set of regulations effective July 31.

According to reports, the TFDA is looking to expand their seminars to cover different business sectors, including transportation, food processing plants and suppliers, coffee stores, and so forth.

Updated : 2021-09-23 14:09 GMT+08:00