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More than 50% of day lilies in Taipei high in bleach

More than 50% of day lilies in Taipei high in bleach

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) More than half of the dried day lilies and a type of their variant checked late last year in Taipei were found to contain excessive levels of bleach, city health authorities announced Monday. A total of 30 items among the 58 tested contained overly high levels of sulfur dioxide, which is commonly used to decolorize and enhance the color of day lilies, the city's health department said. The figure represented a 51.72 percent failure rate, according to the department, which conducted inspections in supermarkets and traditional markets in the city between July and December last year. Among the 30 items that failed the check, two were found to contain sulfur dioxide seven times the permitted level, the department's food and drug division said. Both samples came from Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, the department said, adding that it had warned businesses selling the 30 substandard items to pull the products off their shelves, said Chen Li-chi, director of the department's food and drug division. Those who fail to do so will face fines of between NT$30,000 (US$994) and NT$150,000 for breaching food regulations on food additives, Chen added. Officials warned that excessive consumption of the decolorizing agent can cause difficulty breathing, diarrhea and vomiting. The department suggested that people who buy day lilies should rinse them two or three times and boil them to eliminate most of the residue. (By Johnson Sun and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-04-17 02:41 GMT+08:00