China Food Factory Owner Held Amid Chemical Scare
June 6, 2011
The Associated Foreign Press reports, police in southern China have detained a factory owner suspected of mixing an industrial chemical used to soften plastics into food additives, state media reported. The news comes after China, South Korea and the Philippines recently banned imports of certain food and drink products from Taiwan amid fears of contamination with the same chemical, known as DEHP. Officers raided the Yuyan Food Co factory in Dongguang City, Guangdong province, on Wednesday, arresting the owner and seizing six tons of food additives, Xinhua news agency reported. Xinhua said the initial investigation suggested Yuyan Food, which produces around three tonnes of food additives a month, mostly for sale within Guangdong, may have imported raw materials contaminated with DEHP from Taiwan. Taiwanese authorities have arrested the owners of two companies that used DEHP rather than more expensive palm oil in products supplied to hundreds of local drinks makers.