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Premier demands quick action against fraudulent oil makers

Premier demands quick action against fraudulent oil makers

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah ordered government agencies Thursday to bring swift and harsh punishment to those involved in making and selling the "fake oil" at the center of Taiwan's latest edible oil scandal. Jiang made the remarks during a weekly Cabinet meeting, one day after prosecutors in Tainan detained a trader for allegedly supplying oil used for animal feed to Cheng I Food Co. for the purpose of producing lard-based cooking oils. Cheng I, a subsidiary of major food producer Ting Hsin International Group, has been ordered to recall 68 products that were sold to hundreds of downstream buyers around Taiwan. Jiang said since Chang Guann Co., another major consumer cooking oil maker, was found in September to be using oil extracted from kitchen waste in lard-based cooking oil products, the government has been investigating other manufacturers in the sector. Besides penalizing the law-breakers, the government will also provide assistance to the affected downstream manufacturers, consumers and exporters, he said. He directed the Ministry of Health and Welfare and related agencies to make public the results of their investigations soon. Just last Friday, long-serving former Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta tendered his resignation over the bad Chang Guann oil, which was used at over 1,000 businesses and badly hurt consumer confidence in September. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-02-25 05:12 GMT+08:00