Friday, June 3, 2011

5 out of 16 Taiwanese food products free of carcinogens: Liow

A total of five Taiwanese food products, out of the 16 samples taken for testing, were found to be free of carcinogens, so far.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement Friday that the rest were still being tested.

The 16 product samples were sent for testing at Universiti Malaya on Wednesday for possible traces of carcinogens.

Carcinogens made up of di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) is a chemical that can cause cancer.

Two of the food products cleared, under the Ocean Spray brand, are the “Cranberry Juice Cocktail” and the “Cranberry Refreshers”.

The other two were e.Ben's “Mango Flavour Coconut Jelly” and New Choice's “Fruitgurt Yogurt Style”.

“The ministry will strictly monitor Taiwanese food products entering the country,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said on Friday.

The test results were the second batch that were found free of contamination.

On Thursday, the first test result showed that was no carcinogen in the passion fruit drink range in Syarikat Chatime drink outlets.

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