Taichung inspects new year’s “Taiwan sauerkraut” sulfur dioxide exceeding the limit by 8 times-Life-Free Times Newsletter


The Department of Health found that the “Taiwan sauerkraut” sold in Taiwan’s Fengkang supermarket exceeded the standard of sulfur dioxide. (Photo by reporter Cai Shuyuan)

2017/01/09 19:15

[Reporter Cai Shuyuan / Taichung Report]The Lunar New Year is approaching. The Health Bureau announced today that it was inspecting commercial Chinese New Year products. Among the 22 pickled vegetables, the “Taiwan sauerkraut” of Taiwan Fengkang Supermarket Taiping Branch exceeded the standard 8 times the sulfur dioxide level. The Yunlin County Health Bureau, where the upstream manufacturer is located, will be asked to investigate and deal with the violation of the Food Safety Law. A fine of 30,000 to 3 million will be imposed.

On November 30 last year, the Health Bureau spot-checked pickled vegetables for sulfur dioxide and preservative benzoic acid. The results were released on the 28th of last month. The illegal “Taiwan sauerkraut” sulfur dioxide sold in the Taiping branch of Taiwan Fengkang Supermarket was detected. 0.245g/kg (standard value

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The Health Bureau pointed out that the bleaching agent sulfur dioxide is a legal food additive, but it is used in a limited amount. Long-term large-scale intake can easily cause breathing problems, gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea and vomiting, and affect health.

The Ministry of Health reminds that more salt may be added to pickled vegetables in the process of making pickles. It is recommended that people soak them in water for 20 to 30 minutes before cooking, and then rinse with running water to reduce salt intake. Finally, they can be boiled in boiling water. 3 minutes, accelerate the volatilization of sulfur dioxide with the steam, avoid overfeeding.

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The Health Bureau proposes to inspect New Year’s goods early in response to the New Year’s Day, including 174 items including pickled vegetables, rice cake products, dried aquatic products, dried tofu, shiitake mushrooms, pistachios, and melon seeds.

The Department of Health found that the “Taiwan sauerkraut” sold in Taiwan’s Fengkang supermarket exceeded the standard of sulfur dioxide. (Photo by reporter Cai Shuyuan)

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