BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Industrial plasticizer has been detected from some beverages in China's Taiwan recently, causing health concerns among consumers in the area.
The plasticizing agent Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is used to soften plastics and make them flexible and not meant for food use and should not be added to food.
DEPH is known to cause cancer and words say that it may also pose risks to children's reproductive organism.
It is used as a substitute for palm oil in clouding agent formulas to save production costs and deliver richer colors.
But it is not supposed to be a substitute in food. Investigators in the drink case traced the chemical to an emulsifier produced by Yu Sheng Chemical, which used DEHP as substitute for palm oil.
The tolerable daily intake of DEHP as established by the European Union is 0.05 mg/kg body weight per day.