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Bubble tea in Germany proven to be safe: FDA

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.

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