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May 2011, according to media reports, Taiwan's part of the food additive producers illegally added phthalates non-food substances, and led to the use of such food additives downstream producers of food contamination. According to AQSIQ released the latest list, as of June 6, Taiwan, contaminated by the plasticizer has been increased to 945 kinds of products, related companies involved to 282. Meanwhile, the rapid spread of food safety incidents are, in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas regions have different levels of response, causing widespread concern in government and society. The event has been notified to the World Health Organization, an international food safety incidents.
To avoid food, food additives and related products are phthalate esters contamination of non-food substances to ensure the health of consumers, protection of imported food, food additives and related products quality and safety, AQSIQ announced that, from 2011 June 1, Taiwan suspended imports from the date of notification of the products in question, to allow imports of the product must be in possession of the Taiwan Taiwan has issued non-qualified laboratory testing that phthalates can only inspection. Ministry of Health issued an emergency notice, the inclusion of phthalate esters may be used for food, non-edible substances "blacklist", and clearly the corresponding detection methods. This means that the plasticizer (plasticizer) have been and melamine, Sudan, the same as dichlorvos and other health regulatory authorities in the future as the supervision and management priorities.

What is a plasticizer?
Taiwan as plasticizer, is colorless, odorless liquid, is a kind of resin or rubber or plastic or polymer materials such as adhesives solvation of functional polymer materials, additives, after adding more molecules to particles spread evenly to give the polymer products are suitable for softening function, increased scalability, flexibility and softness.

The role and use of plasticizers
Mainly phthalates, mainstream varieties of DEHP, phthalate chemical name [(2 - ethylhexyl) ester]. In addition to DEHP, a common phthalate plasticizers have dibutyl phthalate (DBP), isobutyl phthalate (DIBP), isononyl phthalate ester (DINP) and so on. Taiwan has recently detected in food DEHP and DINP.

With DEHP palm oil instead of more expensive agents prepared from the cloud and the emulsifier to produce a similar thickening effect, but are not part of DEHP as a plasticizer raw materials, food spices, not only can not be added to food, and even not allowed in food packaging. Plasticizers for plastics and also has a standard, but with a plasticizer used in packaging materials or containers can not be packaged fatty foods, can not be used for infants and young children's food packaging. If the container or food contact and packaging contain plasticizers, plasticizers can also be from the container or packaging of food on the move to go where people are eating this food, would pose a health hazard.

What is a "cloud from the agent?"
"From the cloud agent" is a regular food additives, also known as emulsified flavor, emulsifier. It is generally used in products such as orange juice, the effect is to increase the turbidity of drinks, beverages and stable system. It belongs to thickeners, emulsion stabilizers areas, the main ingredients, including gum arabic, emulsifiers, sunflower oil, palm oil and so on. [5] the use of these ingredients in the food and limit the content of the state are clearly defined.

"Agents from the cloud," and plasticizing agents, are two completely different substances. Only because instead of using palm oil plasticizer DEHP, added to the food, it can reach and the regular "agent from the cloud," is quite similar to the effect of DEHP so bad businesses use to produce "agents from the cloud." As an illegal food additive from this point of view, this incident and the "melamine" event has a certain similarity.

The use of plasticizers
Plasticizer often as sofas, car seats, rubber tubes, clothing, floors, insect repellents, cosmetics and toys, materials, and coatings and lubricants, the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) production of plastic wrap also contain plasticizers .

The dangers of plasticizers
Plasticizers are "environmental hormones" and endanger more than melamine. Plasticizers into the body must remain some time after discharge, the long run may result in immunity and fertility decline. If long-term consumption may harm male fertility and to promote female sexual precocity, or even have long-term heavy intake of carcinogenic risk. Because children are in the endocrine system the reproductive system development period, plasticizers potential hazard for young children will be even greater.

Supervision of the plasticizer
The EU is the first application of phthalates to make a limited national (or regional or international organizations). EU Directive 2005/84/EC lists the six phthalates substance DEHP, DBP, BBP (butyl benzyl phthalate ester), DINP, DIDP (isodecyl phthalate ester), DNOP (o n-octyl phthalate) to limit, in which the first three DEHP, DBP, BBP shall not be used for children's toys and supplies, in the plastic content of each shall not exceed 0.1%. The latter three DINP, DIDP, DNOP not be used to import children's toys and children's items are in each level shall not exceed 0.1%. In addition, phthalates (esters) There are many, but is limited to only 15 species (or 6). REACH restricted list of phthalates (esters) described consistent with Directive 2005/84/EC. In addition, the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, China and other countries also issued a similar law or with the EU standards for phthalate regulation.

 Given the current food enterprises of plasticizer (plasticizer) to detect the emergency needs, SUNDE actively cooperate with all parties concerned to strengthen the relevant product testing.

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According to Ministry of Health, June 1, 2011 release of "law on the disclosure of food may add non-food material and easy to abuse list of food additives (batch) of the Bulletin (Ministry of Health Bulletin No. 16 of 2011)", a list of out of a total of 17 projects in the phthalate esters, in our GB / T 21911-2008 methods more than 16 quotations in an isononyl phthalate ester (DINP), do 17 Item phthalate esters.