Taiwan to limit use of the word ‘healthy’ to describe food items

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Food items that have not received health food permits will not be able to be billed as “healthy” or a “health food” starting in July 2022 to avoid confusion, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

In a revised directive on the labeling of foods issued Tuesday, the FDA said foods without the permit could not use the word “healthy” in their names to avoid misleading consumers into believing they are certified health food products.

Lee Wan-chen (李婉媜), head of the FDA’s Food Safety Division, told CNA that the FDA took the measure after hearing from many consumers asking about the growing number of food items that call themselves healthy but do not show the health food label on their packaging.

The new rules are set to come into effect July 1, 2022, and violators could face a fine ranging from NT$40,000 (US$1,362) to NT$4 million, Lee said.