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Announcement of Inspection Results on Commercially Available Negative Ion Commodities

Date:2019-05-15
Source:Department of Consumer Protection

To maintain the health and safety of consumers, the Department of Consumer Protection, Executive Yuan (hereinafter referred to as the DCP) consolidates the inspection results of commercially available negative ion commodities containing radiation from the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (hereinafter referred to as the BSMI) and the MOHW's Food and Drug Administration (hereinafter referred to as the FDA). Among the 25 samples sent to the Atomic Energy Council (hereinafter referred to as the AEC) for test, 3 samples were found to have contained excessive radiation; for the inspection results of quality and labeling done by the BSMI, 5 samples failed to meet the requirements for the commodity mark labels and 14 samples failed to meet the requirements for Chinese labeling; for the marking and advertising that the FDA had checked, 3 samples were suspected to have failed in compliance with the regulations and the other 3 samples were suspected of illegal advertisements. The DCP has asked the BSMI and the FDA to investigate the matters as soon as possible.

On October 24, 2018, the DCP made a report to the 58th meeting of the Consumer Protection Committee (CPC), Executive Yuan and the CPC chairman instructed that the AEC, the BSMI and the FDA and other relevant agencies check and inspect the radiation level and the quality and labeling of the negative ion commodities and that the AEC establishes a mechanism for the source management of negative ion powder so as to protect the rights and interests of consumers.

The 25 samples of negative ion commodities in this inspection included 15 samples sent by the BSMI to the AEC and 10 samples from the FDA to the AEC. The sampling inspection was mainly to test on the declaration of negative ion effect and skin-friendly products. The inspection results are as follows:

  1. Radiation test results by the AEC:

(1) Of the 15 samples that the BSMI had sent for testing: 2 samples contained

radiation exceeding the standard.

(2) Of the 10 samples that the FDA had sent for testing: 1 sample contained

radiation exceeding the standard.

  1. The BSMI’s check results on quality and labeling:

(1) Quality item: “Free Formaldehyde” was tested according to the national

standard CNS 15290 “Safety of textiles (General requirements)” and was found to meet the requirements of national standards.

(2) Commodity mark labels: 5 samples did not comply with the regulations and were

suspected to violate the "Commodity Inspection Act".

(3) Chinese labeling: 14 samples did not comply with the "Labelling Criteria fo Textiles".

  1. The FDA’s check results on labeling and advertisements:

(1) Labeling: 3 samples were suspected to have failed in meeting the requirements.

(2) Advertising: 3 samples were suspected of illegal advertisements.

The check results were reported to the 61st meeting of the Consumer Protection Committee (CPC), Executive Yuan. It was resolved that the AEC must carry out the source control measures, implement the “single-window” mechanism for the import and export of negative ion powder, and guide the manufacturers to manage themselves. At the same time, the relevant authorities are required to continue to strengthen related matters such as checking the negative ion commodities in the market to ensure the health and safety of consumers.