The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection yesterday said that the import inspection brigade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) seized 3,919 falsely labeled, de-labeled or non-labeled items during 23 spot checks carried out over a four-week period.
Of the 3,919 products — which included clothing, hats, belts, socks and shoes — found to be in violation of government regulations, 3,908 were not labeled as required by regulations, 10 had had their labels deliberately removed and one was falsely labeled, the bureau said.
The brigade found a scarf in Pingtung City that read “Made in China” on its sewed-on label, but had a “Made in Japan” paper tag.
Other cases of incorrect labeling saw labels denoting country of origin removed or covered with spurious labels, and were found in Taipei’s Daan District (大安), Chiayi County’s Singang Township (新港), Nantou County’s Tsaotun Township (草屯) and Greater Kaohsiung’s Fongshan District (鳳山), the bureau said.
The bureau said that stores found stocking products which violated regulations had been ordered to remove said products from sale immediately or face a penalty of up to NT$20,000.
Meanwhile, the inspection brigade has also been working with the customs agency and police units to check the sources of imported goods found in Greater Taichung’s Fongyuan District (豐原), where 382 cartons of 19,066 LED lights imported from China had stickers indicating they were made in Taiwan.
The importer has since made the necessary corrections, the bureau said.
The MOEA’s Import Abnormal Commodity Joint Inspection Brigade was set up by related bureaus and police units in 2000 to monitor false labeling, quality and breaches of intellectual property rights.