A Taiwanese-made corn snack found by the Macau government to be tainted by an industrial chemical may have been contaminated by the plastic it was packed in, the Department of Health said.
Food and Drug Administration deputy director-general Hsu Ming-neng (許銘能) said the agency has asked the manufacturer to review its production processes and send the product for safety testing.
However, it will not order the snack to be pulled from shelves in Taiwan simply based on the test results of the Macau government, Hsu added.
Macau’s Government Information Bureau issued a statement on Friday saying that its Food Safety Coordination Group had detected 1.8 parts per million of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP, in a sample of the chocolate-flavored Kuai Kuai Corn Snack produced by Taiwan-based Kuai Kuai Co.
According to the statement, the discovery was made during a random check on supermarkets on Wednesday, and the group has asked that all 1,200 packs of the Kuai Kuai corn snack that were imported to Macau be recalled.
Hsu said that during his agency’s investigation, none of the ingredients in the snack were related to the food additives sold by Yu Shen Chemical Co, one of the two food suppliers that allegedly used the chemical as an ingredient in food additives, prompting a food safety scare in Taiwan.
Judging from the small amount of the chemical detected in Macau, the FDA’s experts believe it may have come from the snack’s plastic wrapper, released during shipment when the product was exposed to high heat, Hsu said.
DEHP is used primarily to make plastics more flexible. It has been at the heart of a food scare that erupted in Taiwan last month, when it was detected in a wide range of processed foods and beverages.
The issue has triggered concerns over food safety among both consumers in Taiwan and foreign importers of Taiwanese food and beverages.
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
‘CHINESE CAPITAL’: Fanny Liu was found guilty of reducing the rent of a tenant in exchange for a vote for a KMT Taipei city councilor candidate The Taipei District Court on Wednesday sentenced Fanny Liu (劉樂妍), a former member of the now-disbanded female pop group Fantasy 4, to 10 years in prison for vote-buying. The court found Liu — who is now based in China and has made pro-Chinese Communist Party remarks — guilty of reducing the rent on a Taipei property she owned in exchange for the tenant voting for a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate in the November 2018 nine-in-one local elections. She can appeal the ruling. Liu in December 2018 reportedly lowered the rent by NT$1,000 after the tenant said they had voted for Taipei City
Passengers arriving at Taoyuan International Airport will find that most entrances to both terminals have been sealed off as part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Follow the signs and directions posted on the doors to find the nearest entry point. The airport has installed infrared cameras and thermometer guns at all open entrances, and all persons with a temperature of over 37.5 degrees Celsius are prohibited from entering the terminal. In addition, staff will take the temperature of those checking in to their flights in advance at Airport MRT stations A1 and A3. In accordance with the Centers of Disease