Additives highlighted in convenience store ice cream
By Evelyn Tsai, Special to The China Post
July 16, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
Legislator Wang Yu-min (王育敏) and Hsu Hui-yu (許惠玉), director of the John Tung Foundation's (財團法人董氏基金會) Food and Nutrition Division, said at a press conference yesterday that the ice cream in major convenience stores contain a large amount of artificial additives.
It was revealed that the main ingredients of ice cream are fats, thickeners, emulsifiers, spices, food colorings and other ingredients. Most promoted store specialty ice creams have additives and sub-minimal amounts of milk, which results in the products with excessive calories.
According to FamilyMart Public Relations Director Lin Tsui-chuan (林翠娟), the fruit-flavored ice cream is mixed with 100-percent concentrated purees, fresh juice as well as adequate amounts of additives, including emulsifiers and fruit-flavored spices.
Food labeling on bulk food products and prepared foods are not compulsory. Hence, as reference for consumers, stores provide simplified content information such as calorie counts.
Lin emphasized that products without packaging make it hard for the stores to provide information to customers. The firm will try to resolve the labeling issues in accordance with future regulations, Lin said.
Lillian Lin(林立莉), public relations manager at President Chain Store said that the cantaloupes added in the 7-Eleven exclusive "Yubari Cantaloupe-Flavored Ice Creams" are authenticated by the Yubari Agricultural Co-operative Associations of Japan. The no-preservative "Tokachi Milk" is imported directly to Taiwan at 7 degrees Celsius. The specialty milk has an expiration limit of three months, which means that consumers should have nothing to worry about.