German scientists from the University Hospital Aachen have allegedly discovered remnants of the carcinogenic chemical in tapioca ball products. The tapioca was extracted from an unnamed string in northwest Germany and originated from Taiwan, according to the Daily News.
“[What we found] contains in particular styrene, acetophenone, and brominated chemicals that shouldn’t maintain food in any way,” researcher Manfred Möller, of the Start of Care and Environmental Medicine in the University Hospital Aachen, told German magazine The Neighborhood, notes the AFP.
After already switching young adults across North America bubble tea has received widespread recognition in Germany specifically, and recent years across Europe. German McDonald’s have even started selling the dessert cocktail as part of its recently renewed McCafe menu, the Independent reports.
German authorities notified that the beverage’s hallmark gummy balls might offer a choking risk. what are the bubbles in bubble tea made of
“Especially to the Institute’s website, there is a risk of foreign objects inadvertently entering the lungs,” said Dr. Andreas Hensel in a news release with children aged around four years. “And that is just what sometimes happens when the pockets are sucked up via a straw.”
Based on the EPA, PCBs participate in a broad family of manmade organic chemicals created between 1979 and 1929. The chemicals remain despite their U.S. production ban in the atmosphere. Ranging in accumulation, PCBs have been demonstrated to cause cancer, together with a variety of other adverse health effects around the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system and endocrine system, the government website continues.
UPDATE: by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, a respected manufacturer of bubble tea drink ingredients has debated the researchers’ states. Wang Chun- Feng, chairman of the Possmei Corp., used a press conference from his practices in New Taipei, to protect the security of his products.