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Taiwan EPA to Ban Products Containing Microbeads

From 1 July 2018, Taiwan EPA will forbid the sale of 6 types of products containing microbeads- shampoo, shower gel, facial cleanser, soap, toothpaste, and scrubbing cream.

People found selling the listed products containing microbeads will be subject to a fine (no less than 1200 TWD and no more than 6000 TWD). The products shall be recalled and recycled as per EPA request.

In August 2017, EPA announced the ban on the manufacture and import of the listed 6 types of products containing microbeads. A technical document about test methods was released to support compliance.

Since the beginning of 2018, EPA has banned the manufacture and import of microbeads. According to EPA’s inspection from January to April, 256 enterprises in a total of 257 enterprises and 654 products were checked and were up to the standard.

According to the announcement, the officials will randomly select samples and send them for the test. If the test indicates any presence of microbeads, these products will be subject to recycling or withdrawal.

Consumers should be aware of products possibly containing microbeads, for example, whose main components include Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA), or Nylon. If consumers suspect that one product may contain microbeads, they are encouraged to report it to EPA for further test.

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