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Bubble Tea – Carcinogenic and choking hazard???

Posted on | September 7, 2012 | No Comments

Bubble Tea

One of the latest news stories circulating by German authorities and researchers claims that Taiwanese drink bubble tea presents a choking hazard to children and may contain cancer-causing chemicals.

The warnings come as bubble tea has entered the market there as a trendy dessert beverage.  After analyzing the tapioca balls which make up the ‘bubbles’ in the drink, researchers from the University Hospital Aachen found that the pearls contained polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs such as styrene, acetophenone, and brominated substances, chemicals that shouldn’t be in food at all, researchers told German paper The Local.

 The study comes on the heels of a public health warning from the country’s German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment earlier this month, which warned that the tapioca balls also present a choking risk to children.
“Especially with children aged up to four years, there is a risk of foreign objects accidentally entering the lungs,” said Dr. Andreas Hensel in a statement.  “And that is precisely what can happen when the bubbles are sucked up through a straw.”
Meanwhile, the institute says no bubble tea-related accidents have yet been reported!

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