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Flavor Full admits to oil adulteration, fined NT$8 million

Flavor Full admits to oil adulteration, fined NT$8 million

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Flavor Full Food Inc., a major local sesame oil producer, has confessed to having adulterated 24 of its products sold on the domestic market with cheaper cottonseed oil, health officials said Thursday. The company also admitted to adding flavoring to one of its peanut oil products, according to the officials from New Taipei's Public Health Department. In total, the company has been fined NT$8 million (US$272,262) for 25 violations, they said. Flavor Full is the only importer of crude cottonseed oil in Taiwan besides Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co., which is also mired in the current food scandal. Suspicion over Flavor Full products was raised after Chang Chi was found to have refined the imported oil and then blended it with its Tatung-brand edible oil products to save production costs. Flavor Full had previously claimed that the cottonseed oil it processed was only for export and that the oil was never used for products destined for domestic consumption. The company, however, later admitted to New Taipei city government investigators Wednesday that it had lied. The city government inspected a Flavor Full warehouse in the city's Wugu District Oct. 21 and sampled 11 products for tests, the results of which are expected in a week's time. The Ministry of Health and Welfare, meanwhile, has launched an investigation into all 163 edible oil producers in Taiwan. As of Thursday, 138 of them had been inspected, according to Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta. (By Sunrise Huang, Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-23 17:02 GMT+08:00