03 Jun '11, 12am

China food factory owner held amid chemical scare via @cmswire

BEIJING - 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 on Friday. The news comes a day after China, South Korea and the Philippines 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 tonnes 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. Experts say DEHP can cause hormone problems in children and this week Taiwan began an inspectio...

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