Preserved plums too sweet
The Consumers’ Foundation yesterday said that 38 percent of the preserved plums on the market contain concentrations of artificial sweeteners above the legal limit and warned consumers of the harm that the excessive consumption of artificial sweeteners can cause to the human body. The report said that the makers of preserved plums may have used excessive amounts of artificial sweeteners because they are cheaper than sugar, the price of which has been rising in recent years. Of the 24 products tested by the foundation, nine (38 percent) had illegal amounts of sweeteners. The inspection also checked for potential contaminants and heavy metals, but did not find any such contamination in the preserved plums that were tested. The foundation advised consumers to carefully read the ingredient lists of products and choose products with low amounts of additives to maintain their dietary daily at a healthy level.
Israel promotes its wine
Israel’s representative to Taiwan, Simona Halperin, yesterday introduced her country’s wine-producing culture at an event in Taipei to promote Israeli wine. Halperin gave a presentation on the history of wine production in Israel, which dates back thousands of years, and through photographs showed the progress of wine production from ancient wine presses to modern wineries. One of the photos depicted a father and his child pressing grapes in the method used in ancient times. The event was the first local promotion of Carmel Winery wine, founded in 1882 and currently the largest winery in Israel. A Taiwanese food company is now Carmel’s local importer and the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei expressed hoped that this will give Israeli wine a higher profile.