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Products without certificates off shelves in Taiwan

05-30-2011 20:13 BJT

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Taiwan authorities are widening the search for contaminated food products. The Island's health department has requested quality and safety certificates to be provided for all food and beverages containing emulsifiers before Tuesday. Products without supporting documents will be pulled off shelves.

Wen-ta Chiu, Head of Taiwan Health Department said "We've reached consensus with health departments at all levels. We will soon start a comprehensive examination and inspection. We hope that by doing so, we can reinstall the confidence in people."

Producers and dealers involved are complaining that obtaining quality certificates could take at least 7 days. But local health authorities say there can be no excuse. Taiwan has been rocked by the scare, since industrial plastic were 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 plastic DEHP, which is known to cause cancer. Millions of bottled drinks and tons of juice powder have already been pulled from the shelves.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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