China bans sale of food products found to contain plasticiser

13 June 2011 07:30  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--The Chinese authorities have banned the sales of eight food products over the weekend after they were found to contain a plasticiser, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate.

The chemical was found in food products, including food flavouring and baking ingredients, produced by four Chinese companies in the Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces.

The plasticiser, which is used to make plastic soft and pliable, was used as a substitute for a more expensive emulsifier such as palm oil, Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier this month, China banned imports of food products from Taiwan that were found to contain the same plasticiser.

The affected products included beverages such as sports drinks, juices and tea drinks, as well as fruit jams and additives.

The food security concerns have prompted the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to call for stricter inspection of food and additives that may be contaminated by plasticisers.

By: Fanny Zhang
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