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Nitrites found in common cubilose

Shanghai quality authorities are testing white cubilose after the food product became the second of its kind found to contain carcinogenic chemicals in the city of Wenzhou.

Cubilose, made from the saliva nests of swiftlets, is usually eaten as a sweet soup and is also made into snacks.

The Wenzhou Institute of Testing and Calibration tested samples of common white cubilos collected from markets in Zhejiang Province. It found that all the products contained nitrite, the Wenzhou Daily reported yesterday. The samples were imported from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Chen Huimin, an official with the institute, said nitrite is not allowed in cubilose. Under Chinese law, the chemical is allowed only in cured meat.

Earlier, fake red cubilose - the rarest type of the food - was reported to contain the chemical, as manufacturers colored white cubilose with dye.

Long-term use of nitrites has been linked to cancer of the stomach and esophagus.


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