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Mainland additives join list of banned products

Shanghai restaurants have been told that eight food additives from four Chinese mainland producers contain DEHP, a carcinogen, and are not to be bought or used.

The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration said that DEHP, a plastic polymer added to a thickening agent to cut costs, had been found in eight products usually used by restaurants for making pastry and desserts.

"Restaurants have been ordered to seal all the listed food additives upon detection and report to authorities for follow-up processing and recall issues," said Gu Zhenhua, director of Shanghai FDA's food supervision department. "So far we haven't received any reports that these contaminated food additives have been detected."

The State Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency notice on its website on Saturday, requiring all domestic restaurants to stop purchasing and using the eight DEHP-tainted food additives and all regional FDAs to carry out supervision and give daily reports to the central government.

The eight banned products are guava essence produced by Meiyi Flavors & Fragrances Co in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province; green tea powder, liquid butter oil and egg milk oil produced by Goody's Food Co in Guangdong's Jiangmen City; bread yeast improver produced by Jiangmen's Jhan Wang Food Co; and osmanthus essence, green tea essence and almond essence produced by Hangzhou Yixiangyuan Biotechnology Co in Zhejiang Province.

Both Jhan Wang and Goody's are owned by Taiwan Master CHU Food Business Department.

Yangcheng Evening News reporters found both companies still in operation on Saturday evening despite their products having been banned.

A Jhan Wang staff member told the newspaper their products were clean, while a Goody's worker said most of its products were exported.

Yesterday, Goody's told its staff to stop work for three days without giving reasons.

The eight DEHP-tainted products were discovered in checks conducted by state authorities, who examined 6,100 samples in 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, in reaction to the ongoing DEHP problem involving Taiwan.

The samples from manufacturers, wholesale markets, wet markets, supermarkets and restaurants included food additives, drinks, jam, dairy products, biscuits, pastries, instant noodles, egg products and candies, officials said.

Taking note of public concern over DEHP contamination in instant noodles, the authorities checked some 140 samples but didn't find any contamination.

Checks on instant noodles will be continuing.

To date, the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has banned about 950 products from Taiwan because of DEHP contamination. Companies or individuals adding DEHP on purpose face heavy fins and losing their licenses.


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