A spokesman for the Cabinet-level Department of
Health said yesterday evening that dairy and health products sent to the
DOH for laboratory tests on suspicion of being tainted by melamine from
Chinese milk powder have been confirmed to contain harmful levels of
DOH Deputy Director Sung Yen-jen
announced the test results at a press conference in Taipei, saying that of
the surveyed samples provided by five local companies four companies
products failed to pass the tests, and only products from one of the five
companies, Tuotai, are considered safe. The
companies which failed were identified as Liu Ho Chemical industries, Chia Tai foods, Fan sheng Enterprise, and Sanyi Foods.
Meanwhile bakeries in Taipei
County have decided to forego milk
powder and only use Taiwanese milk as the scare over tainted dairy products
spread yesterday the Taipei County Bakeries Association told the
Chinese-language Liberty Times.
Not all bakers welcomed the association's decision, saying
switching entirely to Taiwanese milk would drive
up their costs by at least 20 percent, while business was already down 50
percent because of the melamine scare.
China reported that four
children had died and more than 52,000 had been sickened by products
tainted with melamine, a protein-rich chemical used in the manufacturing of
Individual bakers said they had already stopped using
Chinese dairy products, instead using milk powder from safe countries like New Zealand,
and advertising so to consumers.
Bakers in Taipei City complained about the city
government's cavalier attitude to naming names, the Liberty Times reported.
Up to 14 bakeries had been named as users of milk powder from China's Sanlu Group, but after tests, none of the bakeries were
revealed to have used contaminated products. The businesses were
threatening to sue for government compensation over the damage to their