By Michael Evans
A month after reports that several brands of baijiu were contaminated with plasticizers, high levels of the same potentially toxic chemicals have been found in instant noodles and soy sauce.
As the Want China Times reports:
Liu Chunhua, an assistant professor of South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, has found through experiments that packets and tubs of instant noodles were contaminated with plasticizers.
The amounts of DBP and DEHP in soy sauce packs were stunningly high, 197 and 114 times higher than the maximum level permitted.
Scientists at Agricultural University of Nanjing said the levels of the chemicals in foods or liquids made with edible fat, and in vegetables and fruit were excessive as well, according to the newspaper.
DBP and DEHP are two of the most commonly used plasticizers, which can damage the immune and digestive systems, and even lead to liver cancer if consumed in excessive quantities.