At Buddhists’ Request, Taiwan Enacts World’s Strictest Law on Veggie Food Labeling

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Oct 18, 2009
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lisa_the_vegetarianRev. Heng Sure at Dharma Forest points us to a story from earlier this summer that I missed: Earth Times reports that Taiwan has recently enacted “the world’s strictest law on labeling vegetarian food at the request of Buddhists and people who eat vegetarian for health reasons.” The report continues that, as of this past July:

…Taiwan food manufacturers must use five categories, up from the current two, to identify the content of vegetarian food. Violators will be fined from 40,000 to 200,000 Taiwan dollars (1,200-6,000 US dollars), the Department of Health said.

Currently the labelling only indicates whether food is pure vegetarian or contains no meat but egg and milk. Now added are categories separating egg and milk as well as vegan.


The new rule also bans food manufacturers from labelling food as vegetarian if it is fermented – like chilly sauce – and its alcohol content exceeds 8 per cent.


About Reverend Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. He was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. He has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet's Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. His award-winning website is


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