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City officials: No tainted dairy products discovered in Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City officials said that none of the 35 samples of milk powder have been found to be contaminated based on the test results completed yesterday.

The Taipei Bakery Association urged consumers to have confidence in their products as some customers shunned breads and other processed food items that use milk powder as an ingredient.

Officials at the municipal Department of Health said they have received over 1,000 calls from concerned consumers after the expose of tainted milk powder imported from the China-based business group of Sanlu (three deer).

After completing the examination of 35 batches of milk powder purchased at store and provided by consumers, they have found no traces of melamine, a substance used to make plastics and fertilizers. They urged consumers to visit the web site www.health.gov.tw to get the details. People with questions about food safety may dial "1999" or send their products for testing.

Those living outside Taipei may call tel: (02) 2720-8889.

The Cabinet-level Department of Health (DOH) has imposed a sweeping ban on imports of dairy products from 22 companies in China as the firms produced tainted baby formula linked to infant deaths in China.

Officials at the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) issued a statement saying that its Chinese counterpart organization, the Beijing-based Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), already reported that no liquid milk was shipped from China to Taiwan.

The SEF raised the issue to make sure that the health of Taiwan consumers will not be compromised by any kind of dairy products from China.

Following the widespread reports by local media, consumers have shunned any milk powder originating from China.

Executives at supermarkets and wholesale stores said that some international food and beverage giants used to enjoy brisk sales here.

But their milk powder made in China under contract has now suffered steep drops, although they vouch for the quality and safety of their products.

Bakeries in Taipei said sales of their products have also become victims of the negative publicity about the tainted milk powder.

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