Import Ban on DEHP-tainted Products Widens
   2011-06-16 18:07:25    Xinhua      Web Editor: Jiang

The Chinese mainland said on Thursday that it has suspended imports of more than 1,000 products from Taiwan that have been contaminated with an industrial chemical used to soften plastics.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said that it has added 26 products and 8 companies to its import ban blacklist. The newly banned products include juice-based beverages, jams and jellies.

The total number of banned imported products contaminated with DEHP has reached 1,004, of which many are products intended for children, including nutritional supplements and calcium tablets.

The AQSIQ issued its first import ban on June 1, when the quality watchdog said that the mainland would suspend imports of 22 types of beverages, food products and additives from Taiwan that were produced by companies suspected of using DEHP.

The food safety commission under the State Council has also ordered increased inspections and instant recalls of beverages, food products and additives contaminated with DEHP.

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