Hotpots can contain many harmful substances, including agrichemicals, preservatives and food additives, as well as toxic chemicals released from containers, the Homemakers’ Union and Foundation said.
The foundation’s Taichung division director Yang Shu-hui (楊淑慧) said there are many easily -overlooked risks that come with eating hotpots, such as ractopamine or antibiotics contained in meat, pesticides or nitrates in vegetables, preservatives in a number of hotpot ingredients and sauces, melamine in disposable containers and the excess amount of electromagnetic waves from induction cookers.
Examinations conducted by the foundation on 12 hotpot ingredient samples from Taipei, New Taipei City (新北市) and Greater Taichung showed that 11 vegetable samples contained pesticides, with two samples exceeding regulated standards.
Four among the 12 vegetable samples examined contained excessive nitrate, Chang said.
The foundation said hotpots can be healthy if people choose ingredients carefully.