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Infant formula could be contaminated by tin, councilors warn

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chemicals in tin cans for milk powders and cereals could harm infants that consume them, several Taipei City councilors warned yesterday.

A housewife surnamed Liu complained to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilors Ou-yang Lung (歐陽龍), Chen Huei-ming (陳惠敏) and Chen Yung-te (陳永德) that she had found some black and gray residue in her baby's milk powder, and later realized that the residue was tin from the lid of the can.

"I sent the milk powder for a toxin test and found that the tin came from the can ? If I hadn't noticed it, I don't know how much more my baby would have drunk," Liu said yesterday during a press conference at Taipei City Council.

Showing several tin cans from different milk powder manufacturers, Ou-yang said that tin or other chemicals from a can could come off and fall into the powder from the friction caused when consumers open or close the lid of the container.

Hsieh Yi-fang (謝宜芳), a dietician, said tin is a toxin that accumulates in the body.

Consumer Ombudsman Huang Yu-sheng (黃鈺生) said consumers could ask for information on the food hotline: 02-2720-8777.

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