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Vietnamese officials raid importer of DEHP-tainted food from Taiwan

2011/06/02 20:41:02

Ho Chi Minh, June 2 (CNA) Vietnamese health officials have raideda company that imported Taiwan food items contaminated with toxicadditives, according to a report on VOH radio.

Nguyen Cong Khan, a Ministry of Health department director incharge of food safety, said in the radio report that after beinginformed by Taiwan and world health authorities of theplasticizer-contamination incident, officials carried out a search atNew Choice Foods Co, in Binh Duong Province, north of Ho Chi MinhCity.

The company was one of the overseas distributors of jellies andother food items produced by Taiwan's Triko Foods Co, Ltd, which wasfound to have used the banned chemical DEHP in its products.

New Choice Foods, founded five years ago by a Taiwanese, ChanHuang Ming, mainly produces and sells fruit jams across Vietnam.

Chan said that after learning of the DEHP problem involving hiscompany's Taiwan supplier, he immediately recalled all New Choiceproducts in Vietnam and reported the matter to health authoritieshere.

He said he would be guided by health officials in his handling ofthe follow-ups.

The food safety issue in Taiwan has been escalating since it cameto light early last week, dealing a heavy blow to Taiwan's food andbeverage industries.

It was found that the plasticizer DEHP was being used in a typeof food additive known as clouding agent that makes products morevisually appealing to consumers.

In addition to Vietnam, other countries and areas such asSingapore, the United States, Hong Kong and Macau have reportedlyreceived DEHP-contaminated shipments of food products from Taiwan.

(By Tony Fang & Bear Lee)