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Taiwan DOH says melamine found in more China-made protein powder

Protein powder is pictured in this file. The Department of Health today issued a ban on imports and use of protein powder made by China since Chinese ...

Protein powder is pictured in this file. The Department of Health today issued a ban on imports and use of protein powder made by China since Chinese ...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - More melamine-tainted protein powder imported from China found in Taiwan's market. The Cabinet's Department of Health (DOH) recently conducted a random test on protein power sold in the market and found that six out of a total of 13 random samples to contain 1 parts per million (ppm) to 5ppm of melamine. Health officials then took one step further to test food products that use protein power, such as ham, fish paste products, pastry, and others food products, and non of these food products contain detectable traces of melamine. As to the melamine-spiked protein powder imported from China by four Taiwanese imported scattered in Taipei, Taoyuan, Tainan, and Kaohsiung, the DOH has ordered to recall and confiscated a total of 261 tonnes of toxic protein powder. The DOH announced that as of today, imports and use of all protein power made by China are banned.

The importers of the tainted protein powder are Kuohui Chemical Industry Co, Paoli Industry Co, Union Chemical Industry Co, and Yumong Industry Co, and the four companies have imported a total of 261 tonnes of melamine-tainted protein powder. According to reports, the four companies are subject to a fine of NT$60,000 to NT$300,000.

Deputy Minister of the Department of Health Cheng Shou-hsia (鄭守夏) said at the news conference today that random tests were conducted on 8 ham and pastry products, 20 vegetarian ham and fish pastry products, and others. A total of 40 products were tested using the most sensitive test — liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) — to check melamine levels, and non of them were found to contain melamine traces. But Cheng said in order to ensure the food safety of consumers in Taiwan, the DOH now bans imports and use of China-made protein powder.

According to statistics, Taiwan has imported a total of 393 tonnes of protein powder from China since this January. Given that imports of protein powder from China is banned, the DOH said that currently protein powder can be imported from Germany, Sweden, Japan, Argentina, and others.

Food safety care has prevailed in Taiwan and other nations due to melamine-tainted ingredients found in food products that people consume everyday. As a result, the DOH has seriously contemplated the establishment of a food and drug administration under the DOH, similar to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. Other than the establishment of the "Taiwan food and drug administration," (TFDA), in the wake of the issue related to China's melamine food products scare in Taiwan, this indicates the urgent need for Taiwan to secure participation in the WHO for Taiwan's 23 million people should be the prime consideration for both Taiwan citizens given the principle of universality of the human right to adequate health care or "Health for All" and the sobering truth that disease knows no borders and that any weak link in the global disease control chain could lead to a worldwide disaster.

by Taiwan News, Website Editorial Staff

Updated : 2021-05-18 23:31 GMT+08:00