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`Ramen Rater' remains faithful to Taiwanese noodles despite scandal

`Ramen Rater' remains faithful to Taiwanese noodles despite scandal

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) An instant noodle aficionado whose recent review of the top 10 best Taiwanese instant noodles has sparked local media interest, told CNA that he remains a fan of Taiwanese food despite the latest oil scandal. "As for Taiwanese products as a whole, I have the utmost trust in their safety and quality, especially since the scandal," Hans Lienesch wrote in an email, explaining that the incident could provide an opportunity to review food safety and push for stricter regulations. Still, the American instant noodle blogger said there should be zero tolerance for food suppliers who cheat consumers and put their health at risk. "When sad events like this happen, it steals the secure feeling we have about one of the most basic necessities of life," said Lienesch, who writes the well-known food blog, "The Ramen Rater." What worries him the most is the profiteers' lack of ethical and moral compass, Lienesch said. "What they are doing might line their pockets nicely, but hurt innocent people," he said, suggesting that Taiwanese consumers be more vigilant about the food they buy. Taiwanese foodstuff maker Cheng I Food Co., a subsidiary of industry giant Ting Hsin International Group, allegedly used low-quality oil meant for making animal feed to produce some of its lard-based products. The oil was supplied by Hsin Hao Co., a company founded by a former Cheng I executive. It was the third oil scandal to embroil a subsidiary of Ting Hsin, best known for its Master Kong instant noodle brand, since November last year. (By Edward Tsao and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-04-15 07:26 GMT+08:00