Vol. 1, Issue 11 (2016)
Crisis of food safety, plasticizer in drinks, maleic anhydride starch in snacks, and chlorophyllin copper complex in olive oil- the strategy that rescued
Author(s): Li-Yun Lin, Yeh Chen, Anchor Y-K Chen, Ling-Hua Hsieh, Chi-Huang Chang, Robert Y Peng
Abstract: During 2011-2013, there happened three food scandals in Taiwan: the use of the plasticizer, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) as the cloudy agent; the production of maleic anhydride-modified starch;and the adulteration of chlorophyllin copper complex in some vegetable oils. Taiwan FDA (TFDA) immediately adopted these seizure strategies: 1) to immediately off-shelve, recall, and incinerate the prohibited products, 2) to prosecute these manufacturers and fine the guilty, 3) to update assay method and instruments, 4) to issue novel regulation, and 5) to organize specific committee to proceed a nation-wide survey and the re-education program for the gross dealers and retail sellers. A food safety committee in Taichung City was specifically recruited for management for the food additives, we urging the gross and retail sellers to compile more strict management and control on food materials. Four successive inspections were set on showing advanced regulations. Conclusively, the problem of food safety is an internationally wide concern. As some additives are allowed in a certain countries, while prohibited in the others, the need to establish a generalized worldwide standard and frequent re-education would be timely required.