Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Meat that has been injected with artificial marbling must be clearly labeled starting from July 1, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday.
Speaking with CNA, FDA official Chen Yu-hsuan (陳瑜絢) said that the new policy will require the packaging of artificially marbled meat to feature the words “Artificial Marbling” in Chinese.
The labels must also contain words or instructions that will warn and remind consumers to cook the meat before eating, she said. In addition, restaurants that serve these types of meat must also have this clearly indicated on menus, cards, or signs for consumers, Chen added.
According to a press release from the FDA, artificially marbled meat are types of meat products that have been injected with animal fat, vegetable oil, or other types of fats that are mixed with other products to create the illusion of marbling.
The marbled appearance is preferred by consumers as they look visually palatable, while their price range is lower than that for naturally marbled meat.
In accordance with the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, businesses which fail to comply with the new regulation by July will be subjected to fines of between NT$30,000 (US$1,054) and NT$3 million, while businesses with false labeling will be subjected to fines of between NT$40,000 and NT$4 million, stated the FDA.
In related news, the FDA also announced that plans were underway for new policies that would regulate the use of aloe in edible products by Jan. 1, 2023.
Regulations to govern the use of aloe are necessary because capsules and packaged beverages containing aloe could cause uterine contractions and even miscarriages for pregnant women, explained FDA official Liao Chia-ting (廖家鼎).
Starting from Jan. 1, only properly peeled leaves of aloe vera and aloe ferox could be further processed to be used in edible products, said Liao.
Moreover, edible products must not contain more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of the compound aloin, and must contain pregnancy warnings on their labels.
However, if products contain less than 1 ppm of aloin, the products will not need warning signs. Liao added that in the future, businesses that manufacture edible products that do not abide by the prospective aloe regulations, or are not properly labeled, will be subjected to fines of between NT$30,000 and NT$3 million.
(By Chiang Huei-chun and James Lo)
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