Coca Cola says it will not abandon Taiwan market easily
Central News Agency
2014-01-15 11:33 PM
Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Coca Cola Company said Wednesday it is working hard to communicate with the relevant authorities and will not easily pull out of Taiwan because of new labeling regulations. "It's still too early to talk about bowing out," the company said, responding to the Ministry of Health and Welfare's newly amended food sanitation regulations that require listing of flavoring ingredients on food product labels. The requirement reportedly has irritated many foreign companies and could expose Coca Cola to the risk of leaking its secret formula. The company said Wednesday that the disclosure of flavoring ingredients is not in line with international practices in the food industry. Coco Cola said it is gratified that its voice has been heard by the public and it has reached a tentative solution with the Taiwan government. Chang Hui-chuan, an official in the Council for Economic Planning and Development in charge of economic deregulation and innovation, said that after consultations with the health ministry, the council has found some flexibility in the rules. The health ministry has agreed that flavorings should only be listed if they are being sold independently as a food additive but not when they are used in finished food products, Chang said. "It seems that foreign businesses will find that interpretation (of the rules) acceptable," she said. (By Han Ting-ting and Lilian Wu)
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