Food scan­dal grows as more re­sults in

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

Sev­eral food prod­ucts fail­ing to match health stan­dards were re­vealed yes­ter­day by the Taipei City Depart­ment of Health ( DOH, ). In com­bat­ing the cur­rent food scare, the DOH has been con­duct­ing in­spec­tions at tea chains, shaved ice chains and many other restau­rants that sell bev­er­ages.

The DOH re­leased a re­port yes­ter­day, pub­lish­ing the re­sults of the lat­est round of in­spec­tions.

Among 181 items tested, four were found to con­tain con­tam­i­nat­ing co­l­iform bac­te­ria ex­ceed­ing the al­low­able amount, in­clud­ing Taro Ball No. 3 (

) and Noo­dle Jelly Crushed Ice ( ) from Meet Fresh ( ) , one of the na­tion’s most popular ice and bev­er­age chains for sev­eral years, fa­mous for the Tai­wanese desserts they serve at a rel­a­tively mod­est price.

The other two prod­ucts that failed to meet health reg­u­la­tions stan­dards are Win­ter Melon Green Tea ( ) from Milk­shop ( ) Yong- ji branch, and milk tea from Sis­ter Hua’s Ital­ian Restau­rant (

) . Ac­cord­ing to DOH of­fi­cials, co­l­iform bac­te­ria are of­ten used to de­tect and es­ti­mate the level of fe­cal con­tam­i­na­tion in wa­ter, en­vi­ron­ment, and food.

Though prod­ucts found con­tain­ing co­l­iform bac­te­ria over the al­low­able amount will not nec­es­sar­ily cause ill­ness, it im­plies that the san­i­tary con­di­tions un­der which the food is pro­duced or stored are un­clean.

Com­pa­nies will have to im­prove pro­duc­tion and stor­age con­di­tions, in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing hand-wash­ing for work­ers in or-

der to pass re-in­spec­tion.

Chem­i­cal Residues Also Found

in Zongzi: DOH

With the Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val com­ing up next week­end, the DOH in­spected sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers and stores that sell prod­ucts re­lated to the fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions, in­clud­ing leaves and fill­ings used to pre­pare the lo­cal Zongzi del­i­cacy.

Ac­cord­ing to the DOH, since the end of April, of­fi­cials have col­lected 100 items from shops and tra­di­tional mar­kets, some of which con­tained chem­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tions ex­ceed­ing the al­low­able amounts.

Prod­ucts that failed to meet reg­u­la­tions in­clude salted mus­tard from Yuan Feng ( ), Ting Han ( ) and Liang Mao ( ) food man­u­fac­tur­ers, re­spec­tively con­tain­ing sul­phur diox­ide at 0.20, 0.69, and 0.06 grams per kilo­gram. The legally al­low­able amount of sul­phur diox­ide residue in agri­cul­tural food prod­ucts is 0.03 grams per kilo­gram.

All prod­ucts have been or­dered off the shelves, and own­ers may be pun­ished with a fine rang­ing from NT$30,000 to NT$3 mil­lion. Please check the DOH’s web­site at http://health.gov.taipei/de­fault. aspx for more in­for­ma­tion.

CNA

Slices of jelly are spooned out for the cam­era from a bowl of Meet Fresh’s ( Jelly Crushed Ice ( ). Taipei City Depart­ment of Health re­vealed yes­ter­day that the Jelly Crushed Ice sold at the Meet Fresh’s Taipei Breeze Cen­ter branch was found con­tain­ing co­l­iform bac­te­ria ex­ceed­ing the al­low­able amount.

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