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Certain Foods and Beverages Imported from Taiwan May Contain Phthalates

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public about the possibility of certain phthalates, such as Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP), being added to certain foods and beverages imported from Taiwan. The CFIA is actively working with Health Canada, international food safety partners and importers to identify the affected products that may be in the Canadian market.

The health risks from phthalates are associated with prolonged exposure. Based on the information available to date, the levels of DEHP used fraudulently in the foods that have been implicated in the current food recalls in Taiwan are unlikely to lead to any acute toxic effects.

News Releases/Information Bulletins


  • 2011-08-08 - Kuo Hua Trading Company Ltd. (blueberry jelly)
  • 2011-06-22 - T&T Supermarket Inc. (various cakes)
  • 2011-06-22 - Stars Trading Co. Ltd. (various cakes)
  • 2011-06-09 - G.C. Galaxie Commerciale (various syrups and concentrates)
  • 2011-06-08 - Canda Six Fortune Enterprise Co. Ltd. (drinks)
  • 2011-06-07 - Tapio Tea Company (various syrups and jams)
  • 2011-06-07 - Global Bubble Tea Inc. (fruit juices)
  • 2011-06-03 - Sweet Accessories Enterprises (fruit juices and concentrates)
  • 2011-06-02 - Chuang's Co. Ltd. (various products)
  • 2011-06-02 - Possmei Canada Inc. (various juices and jams)
  • 2011-06-02 - Ten Ren Tea Co. (Ontario) Ltd. (various fruit juices and jams)
  • 2011-06-02 - Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co. (Calgary) Ltd. (various fruit juices)
  • 2011-06-01 - Tasty Enterprises (syrups)
  • 2011-05-31 - KO & C Enterprises Ltd. (fruit jellies)
  • 2011-05-28 - Kuo Hua Trading Company Ltd. (various products)

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