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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Malaysia : Taiwan fruit and energy drinks being tested for carcinogens

Article from Malaysia's The Star, excerpt :

" PETALING JAYA: Three brands of a Taiwanese food product are being removed from the shelves here for containing carcinogens, while the Health Ministry is testing various other brands from the country.

The banned items comprise fruit and energy drinks (see graphics). The products being tested for possible traces of carcinogens - di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) include fruit juices, jellies, jams, yoghurts and sports drinks.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ministry had been informed by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that three brands of food products were tainted with carcinogens.

He said DEHP and DINP were usually used in the production of plastic to make it more flexible."

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