Taipei, Dec. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced new guidelines on Thursday for shutting businesses that sell food products found to violate the law, effective immediately.
According to Hsiao Hui-wen (蕭惠文), a division chief at the FDA, an immediate order for a company to temporarily close can be issued if a business is found to have made NT$10 million (US$333,000) from selling products that violate the law or if those products are shown to be detrimental to health.
In addition, businesses found to have made NT$30 million in sales of such products or to be selling products that are potentially life threatening can be immediately shut down and removed from the business registry.
The list of products covered by the new guidelines includes expired goods, products containing traces of insecticide or radiation, food containing industrial additives, and other products where their containers violate safety regulations.
In 2017, there have been 11 major food scandals in Taiwan, Hsiao pointed out, which have led to the temporary shutdowns of businesses from three to six months.
She noted that repeat offenders or business owners proved to intentionally sell food products that violate the law are subject to fines of between NT$60,000 and NT$200 million as well as an order to shut down their business operations permanently.