Citrus-flavored Mountain Dew drinks ordered to be pulled from shelves

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/12
By: Lung Pei-ning and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Health authorities on Thursday ordered the hypermarket chain

FDA official Wang Te-yuan.

FDA official Wang Te-yuan.

RT-Mart to pull all citrus-flavored Mountain Dew soda drinks from its shelves, after an inspection found traces of a prohibited ingredient in the drinks.

Mountain Dew is a popular U.S. carbonated soft drink brand.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Ministry of Health and Welfare conducted an inspection of the citrus-flavored Mountain Dew drinks after receiving a report that such drinks imported by RT-Mart from the United States contain traces of brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

BVO is a food additive sometimes used to keep citrus flavoring from separating out in sodas and sports drinks. It is banned in Taiwan as a food additive, but is not in the U.S.     [FULL  STORY]

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