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Food and Drug Administration


(5) Adulteration of Commercially Available Pork with Beef and Mutton

a. The Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office found meat companies adding mutton suet to pork or

cheap minced beef, and even added water in order to sell these adulterated meat as mutton to hot

pot restaurants, stir fry restaurants, and night market vendors to gain illicit profits.

b. Health bureaus from both New Taipei City and Kaohsiung City conducted joint investigations and acquired

a total of 46 samples of beef and mutton products from upstream and downstream producers. TFDA

then employed specific test for bovine, ovine, and swine ingredients. Results indicated that six beef and

mutton products contained swine ingredients, and evidenced that these products contain pork-derived

adulterants. TFDA proclaimed specific test for bovine, ovine, and swine ingredients were effective in

determining the authenticity of marketed meat products, safeguarding dietary rights and interests of the

public and assisting investigations of District Prosecutors Office.

(6) Food Poisoning Outbreak from Accidental Consumption of Gupoyu (night-scented lily,

Alocasia odora


a. Accidental consumption of poisonous plants shaped like the taro led to a food poisoning incident with

symptoms that included oral paralysis and throat pain after ingesting the poison.

b. Leftover of the suspected sample

yam rice

could no longer be used to discern the identity of the food

ingredients. Molecular biology testing techniques were thus employed by TFDA to identify the plant

species present in the sample and evidenced the etilogy of the poisonous plant

Alocasia odora.

c. TFDA has developed and employs rapid species identification methods to effectively support and

clarify the causes for food poisoning. Press releases were also published to remind the public and

prevent accidental consumption of poisonous plants.

(7) High Aloin Contents of L'amour Health Food Capsules

a. As a result of concerns and feedback from consumers on the product, the Taipei Investigation Office of

the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) sending the encapsulated products to TFDA in early

July 2014, to determine the safety of the aloin.

b. Aloin contents were tested for the aloe vera plant (aloe vera gel, aloe vera skin, and total leaf),

semi-finished aloe extracts from L'amour, and capsule products sold on the market that contain

aloe extracts (freeze-dried powder for aloe juice). Results were then submitted to the relevant

administrative agency for handling.

(8) News on Formaldehyde Contents in Electronic Cigarettes

a. In November 2014, the media reported formaldehyde and acetaldehyde contents in the vapors of

electronic cigarettes. Carcinogen levels of these vapors would be several times higher than ordinary