Problematic flour products detected in Southern Taiwan, according to FDA
Flour bleaching agents containing sulfur dioxide and the preservative benzoic acid were found to exceed legal limits in wet flour products yesterday, with more investigations still to be carried out, announced the Food and Drug Administration, yesterday (FDA,
). The FDA has removed 2,493.6 kilograms of the problematic wet flour products, but also revealed at least 50 downstream vendors and enterprises were affected in Tainan alone. Several businesses in Kaohsiung await inspections as of press time.
Forty-four items tested for additives and sulfur dioxide failed to meet safety standards, out of the total 1,295 products tested as part of the FDA’s crackdown on flour products that begun this year, making the failure rate 3.4 percent.
Flour products produced by the Tainan City-based Zai Bo Enterprise and Yi Tsai Food Enterprise are often sold to traditional noodle stalls, stated the FDA. Many of the stalls buy them in daily.