Beer la­bels cost TTL NT$65 mil. over new gov’t reg­u­la­tion: chair


The state-run Tai­wan Tobacco and Liquor Cor­po­ra­tion (TTL,

) has re­port­edly spent NT$65 mil­lion on re­call­ing 3.7 mil­lion beer bot­tles and reprint­ing la­bels ahead of a new gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions on warn­ing la­bels.

On Jan. 5, the tobacco and l i quor di­vi­sion at Fi­nance Min­istry’s Na­tional Trea­sury Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( ) up­dated its reg­u­la­tions on la­bels of al­co­holic bev­er­ages. The reg­u­la­tions be­come ef­fec­tive July.

The rules stip­u­late that the font size of each char­ac­ter in the health warn­ing must ex­ceed 0.265 cen­time­ters in height and width.

In ad­di­tion, the warn­ing “mi­nors should not con­sume al­co­hol” should be re­placed with “don’t drink and drive,” ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tions.

Ahead of

July, TTL de­ployed around 200 35-ton trucks that re­cy­cled 3,700,000 beer bot­tles from all around Tai­wan. The bot­tles were trans­ported to a man­u­fac­turer in Maoli County for re­cy­cling.

A mem­ber of the public said the re­call was a waste of money, wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and other re­sources. Asked to iden­tify the dif­fer­ences be­tween the old and new beer bot­tles, two con­sumers were un­able to do so im­me­di­ately, ac­cord­ing to the United Evening News.

Hsu An-hsuan ( ), chair­man of TTL, ad­mit­ted that there was a loss in profit but the mea­sures were taken to ad­here to the gov­ern­ment’s up­dated laws.

The bot­tles are highly re­cy­clable as long as there are no no­tice­able scratches or break­age. Beer bot­tles can be re­cy­cled and reused an av­er­age of more than ten times if good preser­va­tion is main­tained, Hsu said.

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