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Prosecutors office launches probe into tainted cooking oil

Prosecutors office launches probe into tainted cooking oil

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) The district prosecutors office of Banciao City in Taipei County said Tuesday that it would open a court of inquiry the following day on a case involving arsenic found in fast-food cooking oil, and had subpoenaed the managers of two McDonald's outlets and one Domino's Pizza store in which the toxic oil was discovered.
The stores, all located in the northern county, face county government fines of up to NT$300,000 (US$9,068) after tests conducted by a private laboratory commissioned by the county in late June found excessive levels of the toxic heavy metal in their frying oil.
According to the Banciao district prosecutors office, the case appears to violate the Food Sanitation Management Law, but officials said they had found no evidence indicating any direct attempt to harm consumers.
However, if the prosecutors find anyone who has become sick after eating food cooked in arsenic-tainted oil, the store responsible will not only face administrative punishment but will also be liable to criminal proceedings, the office said.
Under the Food Sanitation Management Law, anyone acting to harm human health by offering food containing toxic substances will face imprisonment of up to three years in jail or a maximum fine of NT$900,000.
In response to the subpoenas, neither McDonald's Taiwan nor Domino's Pizza were prepared to offer public comments, as the case had entered the judicial process.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-10-20 08:10 GMT+08:00