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Cabinet pledges to step up food safety inspection

Cabinet pledges to step up food safety inspection

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) The government will strengthen the existing food safety inspection mechanism under the Cabinet, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo said Wednesday, in the wake of a recent scandal in which Tatung-brand cooking oils were found to have been adulterated. Mao, who heads a cross-ministerial task force on food safety, said the government is deeply saddened by the unscrupulous practices of certain black sheep in the food industry and will certainly seek the heaviest penalty possible for the perpetrators. Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co., which sells edible oils under the Tatung brand, is believed to have added cheaper cottonseed oil and copper chlorophyllin -- a coloring agent barred from being used in cooking oils in Taiwan -- to some of its products to save costs. The company may have also misrepresented several of its products as being something they weren't. (By Angela Tsai and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-14 10:50 GMT+08:00