KFC food in the soup again
By Guan Xiaofeng (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-02 05:44
Food safety authorities in Guangdong have confirmed that a vegetable
ingredient in KFC soup is poisonous.
According to a warning from the provincial Food Safety Experts Committee
released on Monday, Tianluxiang, which translates as Sweet Leaf Bush, or
Sauropus androgynus, in the KFC soup is toxic and could be harmful if eaten in
large quantities or regularly over a long period.
A poster for the
Tianluxiang Soup [newsphoto]
The soup was sold in KFCs in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong
Province, and Tianjin in North China.
The committee drew three conclusions:
Tianluxiang is not suitable to be promoted as an edible vegetable;
People should avoid a long-term and regular consumption of Tianluxiang;
Occasional consumption has not been shown to be poisonous to human health.
According to recent research by Yang Xian, professor of vegetables from South
China Agricultural University, Tianluxiang contains levels of cadmium four times
higher the national food safety standard.
An overdose could result in damage to the liver, kidneys and reproductive
systems. Yang suggested people should not consume the vegetable regularly or in
Announcement that KFCs soup contains a potentially poisonous element has
caused widespread public concern, coming just a few months after some KFC foods
were found to contain the carcinogenic colouring Sudan-1.
KFC suspended sales of the soup on Friday. Its headquarters in Shanghai
yesterday declined China Daily's requests for an interview.
Tianluxiang is a popular vegetable among Guangzhou residents . Many are lured
by its reputation of being nutritious and some believe it helps weight loss.
It is a leafy green perennial vegetable mainly found in Southeast Asia. It
also grows in South China.
(China Daily 11/02/2005 page3)