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AmCham expresses concern over food law amendment
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-17 11:20 AM
The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) expressed concerns on Thursday over a new labeling requirement for foods which might affect the operations of its member companies. AmCham also clarified in a statement that its member companies have yet indicated any intention to reduce their presence in Taiwan.

In response to the amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation, AmCham indicated that the full disclosure of flavors used in ingredients would violate the trade secrets of the flavor suppliers and food and beverage companies, saying it is at odds with international industry practice. AmCham said disclosure of the local responsible business should be sufficient reference for consumers.

AmCham warned if the obstacle remains, it would affect the operations of both international and local food companies, leading to an unwanted outcome of poor diversity of food products on shelves as well as food price hikes for consumers.

Earlier this month, AmCham released the 2014 Business Climate Survey in which respondents expressed dissatisfaction with bureaucratic obstacles to healthy business operations and cited the need for greater consistency in regulatory interpretations, adherence to the rule of law, and transparency in the regulatory process.

Earlier this week, media reports revealed that the requirement to fully label food ingredients has displeased some international food corporations including Coca Cola Company out of concerns of leaking its secret formula under the new regulations and was even rumored to be thinking of pulling out of Taiwan market.

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