South Korean ice cream cone shipment blocked after saccharin found
Central News Agency
2014-04-23 10:04 PM
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) A 66-kilogram shipment of a brand of South Korean ice cream cones has been blocked from entering Taiwan after the discovery of saccharin, a controlled substance in the country. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday in a regular weekly report on customs inspections that the Honey Creme cones showed 0.07 grams of saccharin per kg. FDA official Hsu Chin-feng explained that Taiwan allows saccharin to be used only in watermelon seeds, preserved fruits, soft drinks and special nutrients. For seeds, the maximum allowable level is 2 g/kg, while it is 0.2 g/kg for soft drinks. As the saccharin level in the cones is low, the cones already imported do not pose a health hazard, he added. A Taipei company imported three batches of the cones from South Korea in March and April. The saccharin was found during a random inspection of the second shipment, but the other two were not checked. The importer said that the popular South Korean brand meets U.S. regulations, but it pledged to strengthen "self-management" after learning that the cones are not up to standard in Taiwan. It said it will ask the South Korean producer to change its production method to reflect Taiwanese restrictions on saccharin. (By Chen Chin-fang and Lilian Wu)
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