MND may ask for compensation from oil company
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday said it may file for compensation with a cooking oil manufacturer currently under investigation for food safety law violations after the military found it was using the company's purportedly tainted oil products in meals for soldiers.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
In a probe launched in the wake of the incident, the military found that it had been using 51 varieties of oil products produced by the Tatung Changchi Foodstuff Factory, stated Wang Ming-wo (王明我), head of the MND's General Political Warfare Bureau, at a legislative hearing yesterday.
The MND has issued recalls for these oil products and sent all of the products in question to related authorities for inspection, Wang said.
He said he was not sure how long the military has been using these possibly tainted products in meals for military personnel.
Hsiao Wei-min (蕭維民), another MND official responsible for logistics, said during the same session yesterday that the MND will wait for the results of its inspection before taking any legal action against the Tatung Changchi Foodstuff Factory.
The MND will not rule out the possibility of filing for compensation on behalf of affected soldiers if health authorities later confirm that the company's oil products contained agents toxic to the human body, he added.
Acting on accusations that the company's olive oil products were not as pure as claimed, prosecutors and agents of the Changhua County Public Health Bureau raided Changchi last Wednesday and seized 2,490 liters of olive oil along with raw materials and accounting records.
Authorities also found cheap cooking oil and illegal additives such as copper complex chlorophyllin, a coloring agent, mixed in many of Changchi's Tatung-brand products.