More than 100,000 Taiwan-made food, drinks ordered recalled

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

MORE than one hundred thousand Taiwanese-made food products have been ordered recalled by the Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday after these were found to have been contaminated with hazardous chemicals.

Some 165,505 variants of food and drink products from Taiwan that are believed to be contaminated with Di (ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and should be recalled, the FDA said in its Advisory No. 2011-008.

“Products, whether registered or not with the FDA but identified in the list, shall be recalled and disposed of accordingly,” the advisory said.


The list includes some 200 products such as fruit juices, tea, sports drink, fruit concentrate, candies, fruit capsules, and tablets, honey, fruit bars, fruit pastes, and jams.

Among them are sports drinks manufactured by Hyatt Brand Food Co. and Bao Jian; fruit juice concentrates by Bosi US International Industrial Co. Ltd. and Sun Biotech Co. Ltd; teas by Fresh Tea Co.; fruit juices by Kagawa Industrial Co. and Jin Wang Food Co.; fruit syrups by Lin International Trading Co., Ltd.; and fruit juice powders by Wang Chun Industrial Corp., Chang Gung Biotechnology Co. Ltd., and Hip Shing Chemical Co. Ltd.

These products were recalled since the agency is under the impression that DEHP were “illegally-added to a food product as a clouding agent to improve emulsification of the product," FDA Director Dr. Suzette Lazo said.

Manufacturers have also been instructed to stop purchasing or acquiring products as well as inform consumers on whether their products could contain the DEHP substance from their sources in Taiwan.

The FDA ordered distributors, importers, and retailers to stop importing and selling recalled products while food service institutions and establishments are asked to ensure that recalled products are not served.

Consumers were also asked to dispose of the products in a manner that would prevent others from consuming them.

DEHP is more known as a plasticizer in the manufacturing of articles, including medical devices such as intravenous bags and tubing, blood bags, and infusion tubings, and nasogastric tubes.

High doses or prolonged exposure, especially on children, can cause harmful effects such as causing testicular effects, fertility problems and toxicity to kidneys. (AMN/Sunnex)

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