The Shenzhen Daily is reporting that the ‘pearls’ commonly found in many Taiwanese-style bubble teas are full of potentially toxic, long-named, undesirable chemicals. As if crises in milk, dog jerky, apples, and straws weren’t enough.
The Shenzhen Daily‘s lovely report goes as follows:
Nearly half of the so-called “pearls” in Taiwan-style bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, were found to contain excessive amounts of food additives in recent tests, the city’s food safety administration said Friday. […]
The city checked 14 batches of the chewy tapioca balls across the city, and six of the batches had additive problems, said Chen Jianming, the administration’s vice head.
Four of the six faulty batches were found to contain phenylformic acid, sorbic acid and saccharin sodium, which are not allowed to be added into drinks. Two batches were found to contain excessive amounts of methylacetopyranone. […]
Stores and restaurants selling problematic bubble teas were ordered to only sell drinks that meet quality standards, and the problematic ingredients were seized by the administration.
Online rumors said most of the bubble tea sold in local markets doesn’t contain milk.
Losing a clear conscience over beef, pork, poultry, milk, fruit, vegetables, water, and air is one thing, but having to reconsider one’s stance on bubble tea is a punch in the bobas.
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