Half of the sauces checked during recent government inspections were not labeled properly, according to the results published by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
The FDA and health officials from 12 cities and counties conducted the inspections on 40 sauce manufacturers in September and October, focusing on the labeling of their soy sauce and other sauces, the use of additives in the products and compliance with hygiene requirements.
Lu Yun-ju (???), a section chief of the FDA, said 57 out of 114 sauce products checked were not labeled properly, mainly because the labels displayed incorrect nutrition information, did not fully disclose the ingredients used, did not indicate genetic modification where it was required or used characters too small for easy reading.
The manufacturers of those products have made necessary changes to their product labels, the FDA said.
On the issue of food additives, five of the 78 sauce products were found to have higher level of preservatives than allowed and their manufacturers were fined a total of NT$210,000 (US$6,700).
On good hygiene practices, 30 out of 40 manufacturers checked were not up to the standard, mainly because they had failed to maintain a clean and hygienic environment for the making of their products, such as not separating foodstuff from cleaning products, leaving broken and untidy walls or ceilings as they were, etc.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel