Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Authorities discover dried shrimps, salted yolk to contain chemical overload

Authorities discover dried shrimps, salted yolk to contain chemical overload

Health authorities in Changhua County disclosed Wednesday two items that contain excessive amount of sulphur dioxide and traces of benzoic acid. Among the 44 items inspected, the salted yolk and dried shrimps were found to fail safety regulations and are ordered to be destroyed.

As the Dragon Boat festival closes in later this month, Changhua Health Department Commissioner Yeh Yan-po said food safety inspections have been carried out across the city’s supermarkets, traditional markets, wholesalers, and malls.

Food items such as rice dumplings, peanuts, mushrooms, and shrimps have been randomly checked for contents of sodium borate, bleach, and other chemical ingredients. According to Yeh, although the percentage of irregular foods have dropped significantly over the same period last year, dried shrimps and salted yolk have been found to contain excessive amount of sulphur dioxide and benzoic acid.

Although legal to a certain degree, an excessive amount of sulphur dioxide can lead to serious breathing issues, and is especially fatal for asthmatic patients. Authorities said the chemical ingredient is often used as bleach by merchants to allow their produce sell better. As for benzoic acid, Yeh said consuming too much of this stuff can over stimulate the stomach, leading to ulcers and nausea.

Health authorities in Chunghua have since ordered these two items to be destroyed, while advising the public not to purchase items that are too perfect and unnaturally colored.


Updated : 2021-09-27 15:16 GMT+08:00