Following reports of beverages manufactured in Taiwan found to be contaminated with DEHP, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has taken samples of Taiwan manufactured beverages for testing. To date, 26 samples from 13 brands were tested for DEHP. One sample, “Sunlight Brand” Star Fruit Juice, failed the test. AVA has suspended the import of “Sunlight Brand” beverages and instructed the importer of the product to remove this product from the market and withhold it from sale immediately.
Consumers who have bought “Sunlight Brand” beverages, which are manufactured in Taiwan, are advised to discard the products and not consume them.
DEHP is a plasticizer and is added to plastics to make them flexible and soft. DEHP is not meant for food use and should not be added to food.
Impact of DEHP on health
The Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of DEHP as established by the European Union is 0.05 mg/kg body weight per day. This means that a 60-kg adult and a 30-kg child can ingest up to 3 mg and 1.5mg of DEHP respectively daily over a lifetime without significant health risks. In addition, the TDI has incorporated a safety margin of 100 times. Even if consumers have occasionally ingested more than the above amounts, the health risk will still be low.
Based on the level of DEHP detected in the sample of “Sunlight Brand” Star Fruit Juice, a 60-kg adult and a 30-kg child can drink up to 420g (approximately 420 ml) and 210g (210 ml) respectively of the juice everyday over a lifetime without significant health risks.
Nevertheless, consumers are advised to discard and not consume the affected product.
AVA is monitoring the situation closely. In addition to beverages, AVA will also test jam and jelly manufactured in Taiwan for DEHP.
Consumers, who may have purchased products of brands that are not in the list, may choose to hold back consumption of these products.
Consumers who have any queries can call AVA’s hotline at 6325 7625 during office hours (8.30 am – 6.00 pm, Monday – Friday).
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