Off-topic: Chinese beers contain hazardous formaldehyde

Monday, July 11, 2005

Chinese beers contain hazardous formaldehyde

Japan Today - News - Gov't to check if imported Chinese beers contain hazardous substance - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Gov't to check if imported Chinese beers contain hazardous substance

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 07:05 JST
TOKYO — The health ministry asked importers of Chinese beers in Japan on Monday to check with their manufacturers whether the beers contain a prohibited hazardous substance, ministry sources said.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has also asked the Chinese government via the Japanese Foreign Ministry to conduct a probe into the allegation that some imported Chinese beers contain formaldehyde, the sources said.

Brewers usually use silica gel, a substance which is not health hazardous, to remove some substances from beer to help its stability, but some Chinese beer brewers may be using formaldehyde to cut manufacturing costs, the sources said.

The health ministry decided to launch the probe as it had received information that some Chinese beers may contain a large amount of the chemical which is banned in Japan under the Food Sanitation Law, the sources said. (Kyodo News)"

Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the Far East has drank formaldehyde. Trust me it was common practice in the 80's, maybe things have changed now but, I'm still alive. In my opinion it actually contributes to a good buzz, and less hangover. I'd like to see this compared with the crap that comes out of our breweries here in the United States. Huh.......We'll never see that happen.


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