Not to consume a plasticiser-tainted hot bean paste imported from Taiwan

Issue Date 24.8.2011
Source of Information

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

Food Product


Product Name and Description

Brand name and food name: "Ming Shan Brand" (translation) Hot Bean Paste
Manufacturer: An-an Food Industry Corp
Importer: Forcode Industries Ltd
Place of origin: Taiwan
Net weight: 230 grams
Best before: 7 March, 2012

Reason For Issuing Alert

The concerned product was found to contain a plasticizer, di-isononyl phthalate (DINP). Acute toxicity of DINP is low. Although it was found to affect the liver and kidney as well as the development of animals, usual consumption of the product is unlikely to cause any adverse health effects.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has instructed the importers to immediately stop selling and recall the affected product.

The CFS will closely follow up the case, conduct checks at retail outlets and take samples of similar products for testing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected product.

Advice to Consumers

Stop consuming the affected product.

Further Information

The CFS press release

CFS Website: Plasticisers in food

For enquiries about recall arrangements of the affected product, please call the hotline set up by the importer during office hours (Tel: 2410 8988).

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department