Mainland China has expanded the list of banned imports from Taiwan because of their contamination with an industrial chemical, said the State General Administration for Quality Control, Inspection and Quarantine on Saturday.
The Administration said that the mainland would suspend imports of 858 kinds of products manufactured by 255 Taiwanese firms.
Those products include beverages, food products and additives contaminated with Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), an industrial chemical used to soften plastic.
This list is much longer than the previous published June 1 by the Authority, which covered 22 types of beverages, food products and additives.
The Committee of Food Security in the State Council has also ordered increased inspections and immediate recall of DEHP contaminated beverages, food additives.