Tuesday, 25 October 2011

News Brief: Excessive Preservatives in Breakast Congee

Pickles served as part of breakfast rice porridge (清粥) can contain up to 4 times permitted levels of preservative (防腐劑), Kaohsiumg’s Department of Health discovered during a survey of local eateries during September, TVBS reported today (Chinese-language article here).

In a similar report by the Broadcasting Corporation of China (中廣; here), the Department of Health said that longterm consumption of foods containing preservatives such as benzoic acid (苯甲酸) could cause minor conditions such as abdominal pains and diarrhea, but also more serious effects such as damage to the liver, kidney and nervous system.

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