The problem of spots drinks from Taiwan containing phthalates – reported by Ilfattoalimentare.it. “Sports drinks contaminated with phthalates : the research center of the European Commission is developing new methods to identify them” – seems to be solved.
Following a meeting held in early August, Taiwanese authorities met with representatives from Vietnam, Malaysia, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and Canada, and they announced that the situation is completely under control.
The contamination, found last May, had caused significant trade reductions in the markets with Southeast Asia and, to a marginal extent, the European Union was also affected.
Various countries had taken precautions regarding the import of food and drink products from Taiwan (Canada and the United States had established extraordinary control regimes, countries such as Hong Kong and South Korea required specific certificates regarding product safety, while Malaysia, China and the Philippines had even gone so far as to ban the import of the food themselves).
During the meeting, the representatives of the various states were informed by the Taiwanese Ministry of Health that all products contaminated by plasticizers have been eliminated and only some are still stored for further testing.
Furthermore, on 1 August, the decision of the Taiwanese government was revoked according to which for the export of the five types of food products potentially contaminated by phthalates (sports drinks, fruit juices, tea, syrup and jams, tablets and preparations in dust) a certificate was needed to guarantee its absence.