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FDA reveals its latest list of foreign products with questionable ingredients

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their latest list of unapproved products, revealing items seized through border examination and import control.

The list of products which not only failed to meet FDA standards but contained prohibited chemicals was released yesterday, revealing more Italian oils to be blacklisted for including the now-infamous addictive copper chlorophyllin complex, as well as health supplements from mainland China and seafood from Malaysia.

Following two batches of olive oil that failed FDA inspections for containing copper chlorophyllin complex, local importer Saints United Enterprise Co. Ltd. (商織谷股份有限公司) has once again had three more batches of their products requested to be either destroyed or returned on site at the port control.

Claiming to be an aesthetic health importer, the Saints United products flagged down upon entry were all olive oils and extra-virgin olive extracts from Italy. FDA Deputy Director Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美) stated that the administration has dispatched representatives to countries with a history of products containing questionable chemicals and ingredients, to present Taiwan's state-of-the-art examination technologies and the determination of the FDA to protect the general masses from contaminants.

Other products flagged by the FDA and ordered returned include tea leaf extract imported from mainland China, which has been found to contain over 4.41 ppm of melamine, an organic base used to create thermosetting plastics.

Schisandra extract powders from the same country were also found to contain 0.08g/k of Benzoic acid, a banned chemical used predominantly for preservatives.

Finally, 26 kg of Malaysian mantis shrimp were discovered to have been contaminated with 2ppm of cadmium, 1.5ppm over the regulated 0.5ppm for shellfish to be imported to Taiwan.

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