To strengthen the administration of the safety of food products and to protect the health of citizens, the Amendment of the Act Governing Food Sanitation and Safety was announced by the President on February 5, 2014. Highlights of the amendment include:
- to implement industry self-regulation, food producers are expressly required to test, or to send to other laboratories for testing, the raw materials, semi-finished products or finished products used or sold by such food producers;
- increasing the penalties for adulteration, counterfeiting and the use of food additives not approved by the central competent authority from imprisonment of not less than 3 years to 5 years;
- increasing the penalties for labeling, promotion or advertisement of foods or the like which are false, exaggerated or misleading from NT$200,000 or less to NT$4,000,000 or less;
- genetically modified raw materials for food products can only be used as such after the competent authority has conducted a health risk evaluation and review and issued a permit for such use.