On March 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan issued a notice of Weishoushizi No. 1101900454, which planned to formulate the”Test Methods for Heavy Metals in Aquatic Animals, Poultry and Livestock Products, and Honey” and”Edible Oils and Fats”. The draft of the”Methods for the Inspection of Heavy Metals in Butter”, the former is applicable to the inspection of lead and cadmium in the muscles and viscera of aquatic animals, poultry and livestock products, and lead in honey, and the latter is applicable to the inspection of arsenic, mercury and lead in edible oils and butter. The methods are all inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) after microwave digestion.
On the same day, the agency also issued Weishoushizi No. 1101900457 and No. 1101900458 Announcements, intending to abolish the”Test Methods for Heavy Metals in Aquatic Animals-Lead and Cadmium Inspection”, and”Heavy Metals in Edible Viscera of Livestock and Poultry”. Inspection Method-Inspection of Lead and Cadmium” and”Examination Method of Heavy Metals in Edible Oils-Inspection of Mercury, Arsenic, Lead, and Copper”.
The above-mentioned announcement and opinion solicitation period is 60 days.