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Tested cottonseed oil products found to be free of gossypol (update)

Tested cottonseed oil products found to be free of gossypol (update)

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Three cottonseed oil products that were tested for gossypol have been found to be free of the toxic substance, health authorities said Wednesday. The tests were carried out on edible oils made by two local companies that have been involved in a recent food scandal. One of the products was from Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. and the other two from Flavor Full Foods Inc. None of the three products tested was found to contain gossypol, a toxic substance that is present in crude cottonseed oil but is usually removed during the refining process, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The maximum allowable level for gossypol set by local laboratories is 1 part per million, said Tseng Su-hsiang, an FDA section chief. The FDA will conduct tests on other oil products made by the two companies and will also check for coloring and other additives, Tseng said. Earlier this week, it was determined that Chang Chi had been putting illegal additives into its oil products and selling expensive oil adulterated with much cheaper cottonseed oil. The Changhua-based company, which sells its products under the brand name Tatung, was found to be making oil concoctions with flavorings and coloring and passing them off as olive, peanut and chili oil. The Changhua County Public Health Bureau has ordered a recall of Chang Chi's 134 oil products. Initial estimates put the value of the products that have been recalled so far at NT$9 billion (US$306.1 million). Meanwhile, the FDA has launched a nationwide inspection of 163 edible oil producers and is subjecting 176 oil products to safety tests. (By Lung Rui-yun, Chen Shu-fen and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2020-12-03 22:37 GMT+08:00