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FDA approves sales of fluoridated salt
食藥署批准販賣加氟鹽

Two cartons of low-salt ready-made soup are pictured in an undated photo taken in the US.
兩包低鹽速食湯,拍攝於美國,日期不明。

Photo: AP
照片:美聯社

On June 15, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced its rules concerning fluoride labeling of packaged edible salt products, stipulating the permissible product names for packaged edible salt products containing added potassium fluoride or sodium fluoride as “fluoride salt,” “fluoridated salt” or “salt with added fluoride,” which will enable consumers to clearly recognize that these products contain fluoridated salt.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that there is a high prevalence of dental caries among children in Taiwan, with each child having an average of 2.5 decayed teeth, and this is higher than the world average. In order to reduce the incidence of tooth decay, the FDA announced that fluoridated salt would become available this month.

FDA senior specialist Tseng Su-hsiang said that only small one-kilogram packs of fluoridated salt have been approved for sale, and only for household use. Tseng said that if restaurant and cafe operators intentionally use it, they will be liable to pay fines of up to NT$3 million for violating the good hygiene practices (GHP) for food products.

Although approval has now been given for sales of fluoridated salt, up until now no company has applied for a permit from the FDA, so it may not be possible to buy fluoridated salt for a while.

Tseng reminded the public that if people who take fluoride tablets or have had fluoride varnish applied to their teeth still want to buy fluoridated salt, they should first seek the opinion of a dentist, so as to avoid taking too much fluoride, which could cause dental fluorosis. (Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)

衛福部六月十五日公告訂定「包裝食用鹽品之氟標示規定」,針對添加氟化鉀或氟化鈉的包裝食用鹽品,品名要用「氟鹽」、「含氟鹽」或「加氟鹽」命名,讓消費者更能清楚知道產品內有氟鹽。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. edible adj.

食用 (shi2 yong4)

例: Kelp and other edible seaweeds are a good source of iodine.

(海帶和其他食用海藻是碘的重要來源。)

2. dental caries n. phr.

齲齒;蛀牙 (qu2 chi3; zhu4 ya2)

例: Dental caries is also known as tooth decay.

(齲齒也可以稱之為蛀牙。)

3. for a while phr.

暫時;臨時 (zan4 shi2; lin2 shi2)

例: This kind of thumb drive will be out of stock for a while.

(這款隨身碟暫時缺貨。)


食品藥物管理署表示,台灣兒童齲齒盛行率高,平均每人有二.五顆蛀牙,超過世界平均數。為了降低齲齒率,食藥署公告加氟鹽將於本月上路。

食藥署簡任技正曾素香說,加氟食鹽僅開放一公斤小包裝販售,且僅限家庭使用,若餐飲業者蓄意使用,將被依違反食品良好衛生規範GHP,最高可處三百萬元罰鍰。

雖然已經開放販售含氟鹽,但目前還沒有業者向食藥署申請許可證,因此開放後,市面上可能暫時還買不到含氟食鹽。

曾素香提醒使用氟片、塗氟的民眾,若之後要選購含氟鹽,應先詢問牙醫師意見,避免攝取過量造成氟斑齒。(自由時報記者吳亮儀)

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