DOH warns public not to consume Taiwan food products, DFA recalls them from supermarkets
(SPOT.ph) After the Taiwan Food and Drug Authority (TFDA) requested their food products to be taken off shelves for containing the harmful chemical DEPH, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) advised the public not to consume any Taiwan-made food and beverages for now, reports ABS-CBN News.
On their website, TFDA revealed that Nature House Lactic Acidic Bacteria by King Car Group, Skinny Dietary Drinks by Chang Gung Biotechnology Corp, Taiwan Sugar Ginger Clam Tablets by Taiwan Sugar Corporation and Dongli Sports Drinks were found tainted with DEHP.
"DEHP or Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate is widely used as a plasticizer in the manufacturing of articles, including medical devices such as intravenous bags and tubing, blood bags and infusion tubings, and nasogastric tubes," said FDA in their advisory, as quoted in Manila Bulletin.
"While low doses of DEHP are generally safe, high doses or prolonged exposure can have harmful effects," DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag said. According to the report, DEHP is especially harmful to children and pregnant women because it can cause cancer or kidney failure and birth defects, respectively.
According to ABS-CBN News, the FDA is still waiting for a list of other contaminated exported food products. The list will reveal which food items should be pulled out from local stores and supermarkets. However, Steven Cua, president of the Philippines Amalgated Supermarkets Association, advised: "If it’s from Taiwan then huwag muna kasi (don’t eat it) better safe than sorry."