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Tainted drinks, food withdrawn by DOH order

The Executive Yuan's Department of Health (DOH) and Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) on Friday, May 20, ordered that several dozen beverages and foodstuffs be removed from shelves because they might contain the poisonous plasticizer Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, commonly abbreviated as DEHP.

Products found to contain DEPH include the L. Acidophilus (淨元益生菌粉末) marketed by Anncare (康富生技公司); S.S.C.H. (通暢包酵素飲品), the 動能1000 (運動飲料) sports drink, the Sports sports drink (悅氏運動飲料), Taiwan Yes EDF (運動速燃), Sunkist Lemon Juice Drink (粒粒檸檬果汁飲料) and another lemon drink marketed under the Taiwan Yes (悅氏) brand.

Additionally, other products are being temporarily pulled from the market because their producers are found to be buyers of food additives from a company suspected of using DEPF in its additives. These products include:

The mulberry juice, star fruit juice, apple juice, peach juice, and grape juice jelly marketed by Dahu Strawberry Farm (大湖草苺農場); the fruit jellies marketed by Prince Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (王子製藥); the yogurt tablets marketed by Shun Chieh (順傑生物); the lemonade powder and yogurt powder marketed by Toong Yeuan Enterprise Co., (統園企業) Ltd.,; a yogurt tablet and yogurt enzyme marketed by E-Noon Bio-tech Food Co., Ltd., (宜農生物科技); the lactic acid bacteria marketed by Material World Industrial Co., Ltd., (茂世興業); the EC-12 lactic acid powder marketed by Hong-Zhong Biotechnology Co., Ltd.; the guava juice and pomegranate juice marketed by Tung-Ying Food Co., Ltd., (東瑩食品); and the apple juice, pomegranate juice and guava juice marketed by Asali (阿殺力).

Consumers not sure about the beverages and foodstuffs they have are advised to call (02) 27878200, ext. 8208 or 0800-285000, or visit the Food and Drugs Administration website at www.fda.gov.tw for further information.

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