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Safety check frenzy in Taiwan

05-30-2011 09:02 BJT

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Amid a wave of publicity surrounding the toxic alert in Taiwan, many companies on the island are having their products tested - to see if they contain the plasticizing agent already found in some high energy drinks.

Piles of products waiting to be checked...

This testing center in Taiwan is having to deal with some 300 samples from seventy companies. They include drinks, medicine, even pesticide.

Manufacturers must pay for the test themselves, at a cost of around 130-hundred New Taiwan Dollars.

The aim is simple: to find out if their products contain the cancer causing chemical recently found in some high energy drinks.

To cope with the backlog, staff are working extra hours.

A member of staff of Food Testing Center said, "Our staff have to work even at weekend."

Many companies are unhappy about paying for the test themselves.

The test costs a lot of money. It's not a good situation.

Taiwan island has been rocked by the scare, since industrial plasticizer was found in sports drinks.

Investigators traced the chemical to an emulsifier produced by Yu Sheng Chemical, an additive company in Taiwan.

It substituted palm oil with the plasticizer DEHP, which is known to cause cancer.

The manager of the company has been detained, pending further investigation.

Nearly two-hundred manufacturers have so far been found to have used the emulsifier. It's lead to nearly a million drinks being pulled from the shelves in Taiwan.

Contaminated products have also been sold to the mainland, Hong Kong, the UK, and the US.

Taiwan's health authorities are promising to step up efforts to crack down on illegal food additives.

As the disruption continues for Taiwan's drinks companies, an end to the safety scandal seems a long way off.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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