The Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) now requires health certificates for eggs and egg products, as well as gelatin and its derivatives intended for food use, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announced.

According to the FAS, the change was effective August 1. FAS advised exporters to plan and obtain the required certificates for shipments departing from the United States from this time forward.

TFDA notified FAS in May of its plans to require such certificates. The certificates must be issued by the competent authorities in exporting countries, and carry an attestation that the eggs and egg products are suitable for human consumption and in compliance with relevant food safety and sanitary regulations.

FAS further recommends that U.S. exporters work with their importers in Taiwan to assure he appropriate certificates are obtained and have complete information meeting TFDA’s requirements.