Happy Mid-Autumn Festival aka let’s see how many moon cake scandals we can write about in one day! The latest concerns unsafe amounts of plasticizer discovered in eight brands of moon cakes in Guangzhou, Beijing Times reports.
The plasticizer is found in the PVC used to make the cake wrap, and can emit harmful chemicals if the moon cakes are too hot when packaged. If ingested, these chemicals can allegedly decrease sperm count in men, but also, ironically enough, accelerate sexual maturity in kids (who knew all Benjamin Button needed to do to fix his problem was stop eating Guangzhou moon cakes).
No rebuttal yet from the Guangzhou brands in question but Hong Kong moon cake companies have denied that their moon cake packaging contains any amount of plasticizer, while experts say claim that the levels of plasticizer found in the Guangzhou moon cake wrappers pose little health risk.
Fortunately long after the plasticizers have degraded, these interminable pastries will probably still be around, and taste the same as when they were packaged.
In the past excessive levels of plasticizer have been found in instant noodles, soy sauce, baijiu, bubble tea and more.
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