Cooking oil inspections to be intensified in wake of scandal
CNATAIPEI -- Health authorities across Taiwan are preparing to ramp up inspections at cooking oil producers, with fines of up to NT$15 million (US$511,300) for plants that fail to pass the check ups.
October 19, 2013, 12:42 am TWN
Minister of Health and Welfare Chiu Wen-ta said Friday that he has instructed local governments to look into production facilities, a response to growing concern after tests found that products from olive oil maker Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. were found to be impure, despite the company's claims of 100 percent purity.
The ministry said the same day that 36 varieties of the Chang Chi's oil products were found to be in violation of the Act Governing Food Sanitation, warranting a fine of up to NT$11 million. The government of Changhua County, where the company's plant is located, was preparing to issue a separate fine.
Some small-scale retailers in Tainan had already begun recalling suspect products by Thursday, it added.
Chang Chi supplies nearly one-third of oil products in Taiwan with a wide variety of cooking oils and 945 distributors around the country. Its products can be found at almost every shopping center and market.
State-run Taiwan Sugar Corp. (Taisugar) issued a recall of a grape seed oil product contracted out to Chang Chi, offering to allow returns or refund requests with receipts.
Taisugar said that leading testing company SGS has been brought in to test the product, and it will demand compensation from Chang Chi for loses and damage to its reputation if problems are found.