FDA warns vs Taiwan juice, jelly

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday advised consumers to avoid buying sports drinks, soft drinks, fruit juices and jellies imported from Taiwan which are suspected of having been contaminated with a chemical harmful to health.

Taiwanese authorities have confirmed that the chemical Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) was illegally added to a food product raw material described as a “cloudy agent” and intended for emulsification, said FDA Director Suzette Lazo in an advisory.

“The Taiwanese FDA has not yet identified the brands of the tainted products, so as a precautionary measure, we advise Filipino consumers to refrain from buying them,” Ong told the Inquirer by phone.

Pending identification of the tainted products by Taiwanese health officials, the public must avoid all high–risk products imported from that country, said Department of Health consultant Dr. Willie Ong.

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