October 19, 2009

At Buddhists’ Request, Taiwan Enacts World’s Strictest Law on Veggie Food Labeling

Rev. Heng Sure at Dharma Forest points us to a story from earlier this summer that I missed: Earth Times reports that Taiwan has recently enacted “the world’s strictest law on labeling vegetarian food at the request of Buddhists and people who eat vegetarian for health reasons.” The report continues that, as of this past July:

…Taiwan food manufacturers must use five categories, up from the current two, to identify the content of vegetarian food. Violators will be fined from 40,000 to 200,000 Taiwan dollars (1,200-6,000 US dollars), the Department of Health said.

Currently the labelling only indicates whether food is pure vegetarian or contains no meat but egg and milk. Now added are categories separating egg and milk as well as vegan.


The new rule also bans food manufacturers from labelling food as vegetarian if it is fermented – like chilly sauce – and its alcohol content exceeds 8 per cent.

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