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Taiwan Updates Sanitation Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food, Involving Heavy Metal Limits for Infant and Young Child Food

The updated standard modifies and adds heavy metal limits for specific infant and young child food products, poultry and livestock offal products, as well as nut and seed oil products.

On March 28, 2024, Taiwan issued amendments to the Sanitation Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food(hereafter referred to as the Standard). The revised articles will take effect from July 1, 2024.

Compared to the existing version, the Standard modifies and adds heavy metal limits for specific infant and young child food products, poultry and livestock offal products, as well as nut and seed oil products. The major revisions are as follows:

Food for Infant and Young Child

Maximum Levels (ML) of Lead in Food for Infant and Young Child

Foodstuffs

ML (mg/kg)

Existing ML(mg/kg)

Infant formula, follow-up infant formula, and young child formula - marketed as powder

0.020

0.050

Infant formula for special medical purposes, and young child formula for special medical purposes - marketed as powder

0.020

0.050

Drinks labelled and sold to infants and young children, except for those with specified limits

0.020

0.030

Maximum Levels (ML) of Cadmium in Food for Infant and Young Child

Foodstuffs

ML (mg/kg)

Existing ML(mg/kg)

Young child formula manufactured from plant protein isolates (other than soya protein isolates), alone or in a mixture with cow's milk proteins - marketed as liquid

0.010

/

Young child formula manufactured from plant protein isolates (other than soya protein isolates), alone or in a mixture with cow’s milk proteins - marketed as powder

0.020

/

Drinks labelled and sold to infants and young children, except for those with specified limits

0.020

/

 Livestock and Poultry Products

Maximum Levels (ML) of Lead in Livestock and Poultry Products

Foodstuffs

ML (mg/kg)

Existing ML(mg/kg)

Edible offal of cattle and sheep

0.2

0.5

Edible offal of pigs

0.15

0.5

Edible offal of poultry

0.1

0.5

Tree Nuts and Oilseeds

Maximum Levels (ML) of Cadmium in Tree Nuts and Oilseeds

Foodstuffs

ML (mg/kg)

Existing ML(mg/kg)

Pine nuts

0.3

/

Other tree nuts

0.2

/

Rape seeds

0.15

/

Mustard seeds

0.3

/

Linseeds and sunflower seeds

0.5

/

Other oilseeds

0.1

/

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