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Firm calls its pudding still safe on mainland

Pudding made by Uni-President are still sold in Shanghai following a recall of the product in Taiwan for being involved in a poisonous starch scandal.

Uni-President China said yesterday its raw materials for products sold in the Chinese mainland are not purchased from Rico Industrial Co Ltd, a Taiwanese supplier that was found to have sold food materials made of EDTA-Na2 for industrial use to the Taiwan-based food producer. The pudding was taken off shelves on the island.

EDTA-Na2 is an antioxidant and is allowed to be added into food in Taiwan in small amounts, but registration and application to the food quality watchdog is required before use.

EDTA-Na2 meant for industrial use could lead to kidney diseases, and patients with diabetes and high blood pressure are particularly vulnerable, experts said.

Uni-President puddings flavored with egg and mango were still available at local Family Mart and 7-11 convenience stores yesterday.

The pudding of Uni-President sold on China's mainland is safe, the company said in a statement yesterday.


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