TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Former Wei Chuan Foods Corporation Chairman Wei Ying-chung (魏應充) was found guilty of fraud and of violating legislation regarding food safety and hygiene, and was sentenced to two years in prison by the Intellectual Property Court Thursday for his part in an adulterated cooking oil scandal.
It is the second trial in connection to the case, the first of which ended with Wei being sentenced to four years in prison and to a fine of NT$15.5 million (US$475,000) by the Taipei District Court in March, 2016.
In October, 2015, Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co., which made cooking oils marketed under the Wei Chuan brand, Taiwan’s second-largest food manufacturer, was found to have used adulterated oils from Chang Chi Foodstuff Co. in its finished products.
Chang Chi was at the heart of a major food safety scandal which broke out in late 2013.
The labels of Wei Chuan olive oil and grapeseed oil failed to include the listing of Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. as a supplier of the illegal coloring agent copper chlorophyllin.
The company reportedly stopped using olive oil imported from Spain and switched to using the low-quality ingredients from Chang Chi in 2007.
The verdicts delivered on Thursday included two years in jail for Wei Ying-chung, one year and six months for Ting Hsin CEO Chang Mei-feng (常梅峯), and lower prison sentences from ten months to one year for two others, both managers at Wei Chuan.