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Recalled Tatung oil to be destroyed; FDA updates list of illegal imports

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Changhua Health Department Commissioner Yeh Yan-po (葉彥伯) said yesterday that there are in total 1.4 million bottles of recalled Tatung Changchi Foodstuff Factory Co. (大統長基食品) cooking oil, and the authorities will start working to destroy these products from today.

Yeh pointed out that olive and grapeseed oil made by Tatung was falsely labeled and contained an illegal additive known as copper chlorophyllin (銅葉綠素). The company took two months to recall all 172 affected product lines from markets and merchants, according to Yeh.

Yeh also stated that the Changhua Health Department allowed the company to place all the recalled products in different areas in order to check the amount correctly since it was such a huge load. Tatung also cooperated with three other companies to turn their products into biodiesel and automatic oil. The transformation will take months, stated Yeh.

The process of the transformation will all be supervised and recorded by the Changhua Health Department's staff, said Yeh.

Illegal Additives Were Found in Imported Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食品藥物管理署) yesterday renewed the list of rejected food product imports after a customs' inspection detected another olive oil product with the copper chlorophyll additive.

According to updated FDA list, “Olitalia Pomace Olive Oil (奧利塔橄欖粕油)” imported by Hsiyi Co. Ltd. (協憶) in Chiayi City (嘉義市), tested positive for copper chlorophyll. The authorities concluded that these products contain illegal colorant and demanded Hsiyi to return or destroy all the products in question.

In addition, the importer Mei Tsun (梅村) in Taipei imported two batches of strawberry-flavored snacks called“Meiko,” and excessive amounts of pesticide residues were found in all their products. One batch even tested positive for excessive amounts of more than one kind of pesticide residue.

Excessive amounts of pesticide residues were also found in Japanese products, including Kataoka Bussan macha milk powder, Fang Hsiang Yuan (芳香園) green tea powder, Food-est Super Green Powder and NIL Green Tea. All of these products have already been returned.

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