By: Lung Pei-ning and Elaine Hou
Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Health authorities on Thursday ordered the hypermarket chain
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]