Labelling of sugar in drinks
Soft drink stores need to be more specific about the sugar and calories for their products in the future.
The Food and Drug Administration has announced that starting on 1 January next year, labels of soft drinks sold at stores or convenience chains must indicate how much sugar and calories the drink contain in total, including all the ingredients such as tapioca balls, pudding or mung beans.
Current labels only contain information about the amount of sugar and calories in the liquid part of the drink.
For drinks that contain less than 10% of real vegetable or fruit juice, FDA officials say they can no longer call themselves “juice”. Those who violate the rules will face a maximum fine of NT$4 million.