German researchers are sparking concern for consumers this week after revealing that some samples of pearls taken from a national chain in Germany tested positive for PCBs.
Manfred Moller, a researcher at the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine revealed the news to German newspaper Rheinische Post today.
The results of the study have forced German health officials to launch an investigation into whether the popular drinks with tapioca balls are violating the country’s food safety laws.
Where the specific tapioca balls have been distributed remains unknown but the store manager told the newspaper that they purchase the pears from Taiwan.
PCBs are “209 similar chemicals once widely used in substances like ink and paint until they were banned in the 1970s,” according to TheRecord.com. The term is short for polychlorinated biphenyls.
High exposure to PCBs can be very dangerous. It can put individuals at higher risk of developing certain types of cancer, specifically kidney and liver cancer.
Will you continue to drink bubble tea despite these recent findings?