Food safety alarms ring amid new rev­e­la­tions

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Fol­low­ing the re­cent rev­e­la­tions con­cern­ing tainted tea prod­ucts, break­fast shops and bot­tled drink­ing wa­ter were dis­cov­ered to be tainted yes­ter­day, ring­ing an­other food safety alarm.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions yes­ter­day led to the head­quar­ters of Sanch­ing Tea Man­u­fac­turer (

) , the up­stream sup­plier of 50 Lan ( ) . A 68,000- kilo­gram batch of tea leaves was con­fis­cated as Sanch­ing could not pro­vide any test re­ports to show its tea leaves met of­fi­cial safety stan­dards.

Of­fi­cials from the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA,

) ad­vised all tea chains to stop sell­ing bev­er­ages made us­ing tea leaves pro­vided by Sanch­ing. Coco Tea (Coco ) was the first to re­move its green tea se­lec­tions from menus yes­ter­day.

The Taipei Depart­ment of Health held a tea safety con­fer­ence later yes­ter­day with 13 tea chains par­tic­i­pat­ing. The chains in­volved were 50 Lan, Tea Plus (

), Coco Tea, Share Tea ( ), Come­buy, Or­ange Tea ( ), Teapa Tea ( ), Cha­time ( ), Ching­shin ( ), Stor­n­away ( ), Happy Lemon ( ), Cha For Tea ( ) and Presto Tea ( ).

Ac­cord­ing to the Taipei Depart­ment of Health, the chains agreed to join Food Tracer Taipei (

), an on­line web­site where com­pa­nies pub­lish the sources, test re­ports and other de­tails of in­gre­di­ents.

The FDA called upon lo­cal health de­part­ments to check on tea chains around the na­tion and said the in­spec­tions should be

com­pleted by the end of April.

Break­fast Con­tained

An­i­mal Drugs

Pil­ing onto re­cent food scares, the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee (CPC, ) dis­cov­ered dur­ing rou­tine in­spec­tions yes­ter­day that seven prod­ucts from break­fast shops around the na­tion con­tained traces of drugs in­tended for an­i­mals.

Ni­car­bazin, ormetho­prim, madu­ram­icin and trimetho­prim were found in break­fast shop meat and egg prod­ucts.

Ac­cord­ing to the New Taipei City Depart­ment of Health, hu­man con­sump­tion of some of th­ese an­i­mal drugs may cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions, can­cer and other health is­sues.

Ex­perts from the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA), how­ever, said the public should not panic.

Chi­uen Lih- ching ( ), a re­searcher at the FDA, said that ni­car­bazin and ormetho­prim are not car­cino­genic.

Trimetho­prim can cause vom­it­ing and nau­sea but based on the amount of the chem­i­cal found in the eggs in ques­tion, a 60kg per­son will need to eat 6,000 eggs a day to gen­er­ate real ef­fect to his or her health, Chi­uen said.

The hu­man body will dis­charge the chem­i­cals if peo­ple drink enough wa­ter, Chi­uen sug­gested.


Egg prod­ucts from Laya Burger’s (

) Zhonghe branch were found to con­tain an­i­mal drugs, yes­ter­day. The branch owner said later that they im­me­di­ately re­placed the eggs with those of an­other up­stream sup­plier.

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