By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
In response to Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration’s plan to relax
restriction on food additives, kidney doctor Chiang Shou-shan Wednesday said the measures could place an extra burden on the human body.
International trends were consulted by the FDA in its decision to relax restriction on food additives. The FDA will expand the original 17 categories of food additives to 28 categories and increase the allowable levels. Take phosphate as an example, the FDA plans to expand the legal levels from 3,000 mg per kg to the whopping 44,000 mg per kg.
“Too much additives will place additional burden on the human body,” Chiang said, adding that according to the FDA’s new regulation draft, 9,300 mg of phosphate is allowed per kg of bread, which far exceeds the existing 3,000 mg level. [FULL STORY]