Supermarkets pull out Taiwan food products

by Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 31 2011 10:40 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2011 11:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the Philippine Association of Supermarkets Inc. (PASI)  have pulled out Taiwan-made food products from their shelves that are believed to be contaminated with a dangerous chemical.

PASI secretary-general Federico Ples said on Tuesday that their members agreed to voluntarily pull out Taiwan products from their shelves, particularly sports drinks, soft drinks, fruit juices, and jellies.

The move was taken after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday that Taiwanese authorities have confirmed that the chemical Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) was illegally added to a food product raw material described as a "cloudy agent" and intended for emulsification.

Dr. Eric Tayag of the Department of Health said they have already received a list of said contaminated products, but it was written in Chinese characters and needs to be translated.