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County steps up food safety control amid oil scandal

County steps up food safety control amid oil scandal

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) The Changhua County Public Health Bureau has stepped up efforts in food quality control in the wake of a recent food scandal involving the use of questionable oil.
Several vendors in Changhua who sell the traditional Taiwanese snack "ba-wan" the county is known for have reported to the local authorities Saturday that they had used problematic adulterated oil to fry the dough.
Bureau head Yeh Yen-po encouraged local vendors to report problematic oil voluntarily, as those who are found by the bureau of using bad oil in the future will be fined.
The number of customers for the translucent fried dough filled with meat in Changhua has declined over the past few days, said ba-wan seller Fan Chen-sen, one of those who reported to Yeh's bureau.
Fan said he was using lard oil produced by Fangfu Co., which used oil from Chang Guann Co., the company at the heart of a snowballing oil scandal. Kaohsiung-based Chang Guann was found to be processing oils using fats extracted from industrial and kitchen waste or lard used in animal feed. Although Fangfu said the oil it sold Fan was different from the problematic oil made by Chang Guann, Fan said, he has sealed all 62 barrels of Fangfu oil in his possession and reported it to the authorities. Two more ba-wan vendors also reported their use of questionable oil on Saturday, according to Yeh. (By Hsiao Po-yang and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-10-22 03:09 GMT+08:00