TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During a round of inspections of Japanese food products, the Taipei City Department of Health found 42 items not labeled with their prefecture of origin and three fruit items that were mislabeled.
TVBS reported that the Department of Health targeted wholesale chains, supermarkets, and restaurants for inspection and examined a total of 533 items. This was the first round of inspections following the lifting of the Fukushima food import ban.
The Department of Health said most of the 42 items were missing label information due to the retailers’ negligence. All violators rectified the problem after being issued a warning.
Meanwhile, the three mislabeled pieces of fruit were found at a Jasons Market Place and showed different places of origin on the packaging and price tag. Since the mislabeling was due to negligence on the part of Jasons’ parent company Wellcome Taiwan Company, the latter was issued a NT$60,000 (US$2,080) fine.
TVBS cited the department’s Commissioner Huang Shier-chieg (黃世傑) as saying that inspections of imported Japanese food will continue and that inspection results will be made public on the city government’s website.
According to the Consumer Protection Act, vendors of Japanese food products that are not labeled with their prefecture of origin are subject to a warning and, if the vendor does not improve within a specified period of time, a fine of NT$20,000-200,000. Vendors of products labeled with false information are subject to a fine of between NT$40,000 and NT$400,000, per the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.