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Top prosecutor launches special appeal against Chang Chi

Top prosecutor launches special appeal against Chang Chi

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutor-General Yen Da-ho filed a special appeal against Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. because he thought the company had been punished too lightly for its part in the 2013 adulterated oil scandals, reports said Thursday.
The company used copper chlorophyllin, an illegal coloring agent, in its oil to give it the appearance of pure olive oil, while it also mixed cheap cottonseed oil with more expensive cooking oil products. The scandal, which broke in late 2013, started a year of high-profile controversies involving top food companies selling bogus products to the public.
An intellectual property court fined Chang Chi only NT$38 million (US$1.2 million) because it reasoned that as a company rather than an individual, it was legally not able to commit crimes. Based on the same motivation, the court rejected the prosecutors’ request to seize the company’s NT$1.8 billion (US$56.8 million) in illegal profits from its oil adulteration practices.
Yen argued that the court’s light verdict went against a Council of Grand Justices ruling and therefore issued a special appeal, reports said. The Supreme Prosecutors Office said the court’s arguments showed contradictions and should be rejected because they caused unease with both the public and the prosecutors.
The court struck down the seizing of the NT$1.8 billion arguing that the company and its top managers had already been punished. A district court sentenced Chang Chi Chairman Kao Chen-li to 16 years in prison and fined him NT$50 million (US$1.5 million) for fraud and for violating the Act Governing Food Sanitation. Two managers at Chang Chi received jail sentences of two years and ten months respectively.


Updated : 2021-09-21 03:52 GMT+08:00