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