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Tainted Taiwanese Sports Drinks Can Shrink Your Testicles

Taiwan and the Philippines are warning that some sports drinks may have been tainted with dangerous amounts of a chemical that causes infertility and shrinks boys’ testicles.

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According to Agence France-Presse, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration is closely monitoring imported Taiwanese sports drinks, juices and soft drinks that could contain dangerous levels of bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, more commonly known as DEHP.

DEHP is widely used in manufacturing PVC products.

While relatively safe in low doses, elevated intake of DEHP has been linked to obesity, heart problems and retardation of boys’ genital development, including reduced penis and testicle size.

“Children are especially prone to harmful effects of high doses of DEHP, or to repeated exposure which can lead to testicular effects, fertility problems, and toxicity to kidneys,” Jesusa Joyce Cirunay, a spokeswoman for the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, told AFP. “Our government has asked Taiwan for a list, and we are tracking these products.”

Taiwan has issued a large-scale recall of products containing DEHP, with more than 460,000 bottles of sports drinks and juices being pulled from store shelves. Taiwanese authorities have also arrested the owner of a company that used DEHP as a substitute for palm oil, which costs much more, in products used to make drinks.

Hong Kong has banned two Taiwanese drinks– Speed brand sports drink and Speed brand lemon flavor sports drink– after they tested positive for excessive DEHP levels.

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