Bubble tea in Germany proven to be safe: FDA
September 29, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI--Taiwanese bubble tea has been found to be free of carcinogens in a second round of tests conducted by German authorities, Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday.
A total of 84 Taiwanese beverage products were tested by the consumer protection agency of Nordrhein-Westfalen, FDA officials said.
The products tested were six samples of bubble tea, 34 samples of concentrated juice and 44 samples of "popping boba," a colorful translucent gummy ball containing flavored juices that can be added to drinks, the officials said.
The results indicated that none of the products contained cancer-causing chemicals such as styrene, acetophenone and brominated biphenyls or biphenyl carbonates, the FDA said.
The products were also found to contain no excessive levels of heavy-metal contaminants or other health-threatening agents, they said.
The tests were carried out in the wake of a German media report in August that Taiwanese bubble tea might contain carcinogens.