Food scandal grows as more results in

By Sun Hsin-hsuan,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Several food products failing to match health standards were revealed yesterday by the Taipei City Department of Health (DOH, �åͧ�). In combating the current food scare, the DOH has been conducting inspections at tea chains, shaved ice chains and many other restaurants that sell beverages.

The DOH released a report yesterday, publishing the results of the latest round of inspections.

Among 181 items tested, four were found to contain contaminating coliform bacteria exceeding the allowable amount, including Taro Ball No.3 (�����T��) and Noodle Jelly Crushed Ice (�����B) from Meet Fresh (�A�w�P), one of the nation’s most popular ice and beverage chains for several years, famous for the Taiwanese desserts they serve at a relatively modest price.

The other two products that failed to meet health regulations standards are Winter Melon Green Tea (�V�ʫC��) from Milkshop (�g�ȮL) Yong-ji branch, and milk tea from Sister Hua’s Italian Restaurant (���n�q���{). According to DOH officials, coliform bacteria are often used to detect and estimate the level of fecal contamination in water, environment, and food.

Though products found containing coliform bacteria over the allowable amount will not necessarily cause illness, it implies that the sanitary conditions under which the food is produced or stored are unclean.

Companies will have to improve production and storage conditions, including introducing hand-washing for workers in order to pass re-inspection. Chemical Residues Also Found in Zongzi: DOH