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QR codes on majority of egg packages not working

By Lee I-Chia  /  Staff reporter

A survey of packaged eggs showed that a majority of them do not have nutrition facts on their packages and most product source QR codes do not work, the Consumers’ Foundation said yesterday.

The foundation said it conducted a survey of 19 brands of packaged eggs to examine their prices, certification labels, advertising claims, nutrition facts and expiration dates, and scanned nine packages with traceable agricultural product (TAP) QR codes and 10 packages with source QR codes.

“The TAP QR codes show that the production process of the eggs was safe [and that the eggs] do not contain pesticide residues, are of good quality and recognized by the government,” foundation chairman Alan Lu (陸雲) said.

“However, the product source QR codes are produced by the companies themselves and only contain information about the company,” he added.

Of the 10 packages with product source QR codes, eight were unable to link consumers to the correct Web site, Lu said.

Two were able to link to the company Web site, but the product traceability information was not accessible, Lu said, adding that the labels were misleading and deceitful.

The foundation also found that about 80 percent of the packaged eggs do not have nutrition facts printed on their packages.

Although the Ministry of Health and Welfare does not require nutrition facts to be printed on the packages of eggs, a few companies have taken the lead by printing the information, Lu said, urging the government to make it a legal requirement.

Chen Ming-ju (陳明汝), foundation food committee member, said that the survey also found that certification labels, eggs having brown or white shells, or their prices do not necessarily guarantee that they are more nutritious, adding that consumers do not have to choose more expensive eggs.

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