It sure isn’t everyday that you have a food scare that has hit both Taiwan and Hong Kong, but left the mainland relatively unscathed — or is ignorance bliss?
Last week’s news that various food and drink products from Taiwan were found to have been contaminated by the plastic polymer DEHP has led to a deepening crisis for the Taiwanese food industry as the mainland and regional neighbours scrambled to ban food imports from the island.
Since then, a survey conducted by Hong Kong’s Baptist University has found that as many as 90% of Hong Kong residents could be DEHP-positive.
Now we’re told that Yu Shen Chemical Co, one of Taiwan’s largest chemical companies, has been using DEHP to lower costs on a dangerously large scale for over two decades, threatening the health of millions of children.
Taiwan is now mulling an amendment to its Food Sanitation Act, which if passed, will see heavier punishments meted out on makers of foodstuffs and beverages for the use of controlled chemicals.
Researchers have found that the cancer-causing agent DEHP, when fed to a group of mice, leads to male offspring with “reproductive organs that were two thirds smaller than normal mice”.
If that’s really true, then with such widespread contamination in Hong Kong and Taiwan, one can’t help but wonder if guys in those places ….. ? Inquiring minds want to know!