5 Taiwanese chain stores bake questionable bread: report

5 Taiwanese chain stores bake questionable bread: report

TAIPEI, Taiwan - On the heels of the Top Pot Bakery scandal, a magazine yesterday announced that it has uncovered five other major chain bakeries selling questionable products, which may be harmful to people's health after long-term consumption.

CommonWealth Magazine (康健雜誌) tested various popular items offered by How Sweet Bakery (幾分甜), Yamazaki Baking Co. (山崎麵包), Best Bakery (順成蛋糕), Sunmerry (聖瑪莉), and Milk Sweet (米哥烘培) at SGS Taiwan, a leading inspection and verification company. The tests revealed several concerns in the products, as they contained inadvisably high amounts of sodium, trans fats and saturated fat. In addition, traces of aluminium were found in the leavening agent used to make certain baked goods such as scones and donuts, according to the magazine.

Most notably, testing revealed that sugared donuts sold by Sunmerry and Best Bakery contained traces of aluminium. About 8.64 mg of aluminium is ingested with a single Sunmerry donut, the magazine said. Donuts sold by Sunmerry and Best Bakery contained aluminium rated at a potency of 138.3 mg/kg and 31.6 mg/kg respectively. According to the Nutritional Foundation of Taiwan (台灣營養基金會), ingestion of excessive aluminium may cause severe harm to one's nervous system, leading to dementia and osteoporosis.

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