The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday said it would set the safety level of ractopamine residue in beef at 10 parts per million (ppb).
The department said that starting from tomorrow, all stores that sell beef products — such as dried goods stores, wholesale stores, wholesale stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery shops and traditional markets — as well as shops that sell meals containing beef, such as restaurants, night markets and food courts, are required to label products with the beef’s country of origin.
Starting from Thursday next week, packaged food that contains beef, such as beef jerky and instant noodles containing beef, is also required to be clearly labeled with the beef’s country of origin, it said.
The department’s Food and Drug Administration intends to perform lot by lot inspections to ensure imported beef products are up to the Taiwanese standards, the department said, adding that the inspection measures are to be adjusted according to the actual testing results.
In addition, the department said checks on domestic retail stores are to be conducted by local health departments, and the examinations are to be done in three stages — packaged products, bulk products and shops that serve meals containing beef.
The department said retailers and restaurant owners who fail to inform consumers of the beef’s country of origin and that fail to improve the situation within a given deadline, may face fines of between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000.