Government to help consumers file class action suit in tofu case

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) The Cabinet's Consumer Protection Committee said Saturday it will help consumers affected by a recent food scandal involving dried tofu products file a class action lawsuit to seek compensation from the manufacturers if necessary. Since the scandal erupted last month, the committee has been handling complaints from consumers and coordinating refund issues with retailers, officials said. If their refund requests are not accepted, consumers are advised to call the committee's service hotline 1950 or lodge complaints online via the committee's website www.cpc.ey.gov.tw, they said. In the latest case, some dried tofu products were found to contain dimethyl yellow, a banned industrial dye that has been proven to cause liver cancer in animals. (By Lin Meng-ru and Y.F. Low)