Almost all rice noodles don't meet content threshold: CF
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ninety percent of 52 rice noodle brands sold on the market do not contain enough rice to meet the Chinese National Standards (CNS), the Consumer's Foundation (CF) announced yesterday.
January 29, 2013, 12:38 am TWN
The CF said that rice noodles sold by leading brand names and farmers' associations are among the 90 percent of nonqualified products.
CF Chairman Mark Chang (張智剛) said that if rice noodle products are marked as pure rice noodles, it means that the product has to contain at least 5 percent of crude protein, according to the CNS.
If a rice noodle product is marked as blended rice noodles, Chang said, the product must contain at least 50 percent rice as the main ingredient and a minimum of 2.5 percent crude protein.
“Nearly 90 percent of the products we tested contained less than 50 percent of rice and 75 percent of the products contained less than 20 percent of rice,” Chang said.
A member of China Grain Products Research & Development Institute Lin Mei-hsin (林玫欣) said that chemicals are usually added along with corn starch in the making of processed foods.
“If people consume these processed foods in over an extended period,” Lin said, “the amount of chemicals contained in their bodies will damage organs such as the liver and kidneys.”
Chang said that those companies that did not mark their products properly could be violating regulations from Fair Trade Act, Food Administration Act, or Act Governing Food Sanitation. The government should fine these companies according to regulations if they do not solve this issue, said Chang.
According to the CF, the leading rice noodle brand Longkow marked one of their products as containing over 90 percent rice. However, the CF's test results showed that the product only contained about 7 to 10 percent of rice, judging by its crude protein content.
A Longkow representative said that the company is willing to recall products that do not meet the CNS. The representative also said that nearly 90 percent of rice noodle products on the market are made out of corn starch.
The CF's result also showed that the “Hsinchu pure rice noodle” sold by the Hsinchu Farmers' Association contained zero rice. The association's Secretary-General Hsu Kuo-to (徐國鐸) said that the association will handle the issue.