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27.7 percent of soybean products fail to meet regulations: Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Department of Health (DOH) yesterday announced the results of their latest round of inspections of the city's soybean products, saying that of the 101 inspected items, 27.7 percent of them contained too many preservatives.

The DOH said as soybean products spoil easily in summer, many food manufacturers add preservatives such as hydrogen peroxide or benzoic acid to keep the products.

The department said that of all soybean products, dried soy curd is most often adulterated, with 66.7 percent of products showing signs of over-preservation.

The DOH explained that it inspected 21 dried soy curd products from different food manufacturers and discovered that 14 of them contained excessive preservatives.

The food manufacturers that sold disqualified soybean products will face a fine between NT$30,000 and NT$3 million in accordance with the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, the DOH said.

The department said that as most of preservatives dissolve in water, consumers should immerse the soybean products for 40 minutes before cooking. People can also choose not put the lid on the pot while boiling the soybean products, the DOH said, explaining that the preservatives will evaporate.

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