Taipei City’s Department of Health yesterday fined a food and drink manufacturer for selling chemical-tainted juice products to 72 eateries and drink shops, as the department and prosecutors continued to investigate food and beverage manufacturers thought to have illegally used the banned chemicals.
The manufacturer, Wei Chun Co, was fined NT$30,000 for selling tainted passion fruit and kumquat juices to restaurants and shops, and the illegal products were confiscated by inspectors from the department.
The latest finding yesterday was part of a nationwide sweep on the use of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in food and drink products. The chemicals were last week found to have been added to a commonly used clouding agent by Yu Shen Chemical Co and Pin Han Perfumery Co, -resulting in a -massive recall of products from store shelves.
Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美), director of the department’s Food and Drug Division, said the company failed to recall problem products from shops.
The department yesterday also continued to track down companies who purchased problematic clouding agents from Creation Food Co, which was fined NT$150,000 by the department on Thursday for selling clouding agents from Ging Kuo Wang, a major distributor of DEHP-contaminated clouding agents from Yu Shen Chemical Co.
At least 700 restaurants, hotels and tea shops, including Howard Hotel, Grand Hotel and NY Bagels, had all purchased drink products from Creation Food Co.
Chiang said that the restaurants and shops used juice products from the manufacturer, which purchased DEHP-contaminated clouding agents from Ging Kuo Wang, and most of them had no knowledge that the drinks contained DEHP.
“Those restaurants and shops could also be victims of the incident, and we urge all food and beverage manufacturers and restaurants to report possible cases to us while pulling problematic products from store shelves to ensure public safety,” she said.