Flavor Full employee reviewed ministry's project: lawmaker
By Joy Lee , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬) said that Flavor Full Foods' (富味鄉食品公司) former researcher, Lee Min-hsiung, was in charge of reviewing a packaged cooking oil study launched by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW).
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Lin said that according to the meeting records of the MHW's study, Lee suggested that the MHW only inspect high-priced cooking oil for any oil mixing.
“Lee said that churning oil comes from manufacturers' hard work, so the MHW should only target more expensive oil like olive oil, sesame oil and peanut oil for random inspections, said Lin.
The MHW completely took Lee's advice and did not conduct inspections on cheaper cooking oil.”
According to Lin, Lee had been in charged of Flavor Full Foods' research department since 2008 and he resigned from his position on Oct. 7.
“I suspect that Lee knew that the oil scandal would be discovered, so he left the company before anything happened,” said Lin.
According to a local report, Lee said that he only participated the research process of sesame oil and he had no idea about the company adding cottonseed oil into its cooking oil.
Deputy Health Minister Hsu Ming-nen (許銘能) said that the MHW will investigate the case and if Lee did violate the principle of avoiding conflict of interest, he would not be hired to participated in any future studies for the MHW.
Flavor Full Foods President Chen Wen-nan (陳文南) claimed on Monday, Oct. 21 that all of the company's cooking oil products containing cottonseed oil are sold to other countries, but during an investigation on Wednesday night, Chen admitted that 24 of the company's cooking oils sold in Taiwan contained cottonseed oil as well.
Three More Falsely Marked Oils Discovered
The Changhua District Prosecutors Office and the Department of Health of Changhua County yesterday discovered three more falsely marked cooking oil products manufactured by Full Flavor Foods.
According to health officials, the three cooking oil products, which are marked as 100-percent black sesame oil, each contained different amount of yellow sesame oil, and the company was fined NT$600,000 for putting false labels on the products.
The health officials said that all of the 20 Full Flavor Foods products being inspected failed to have ingredients matching the descriptions on the labels.