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Inspectors find fake duck’s and pig’s blood

Inspectors find fake duck’s and pig’s blood

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors raided factories in New Taipei and Taichung Thursday where they reportedly found duck’s and pig’s blood cakes made with chicken blood unfit for human consumption.
The incident was the latest in a long string of adulterated food scandals to rock the country’s food sector.
Investigators were reportedly questioning five people after raids on factories in Shulin, New Taipei City, and Wuri, Taichung City, including a man who was found burning documents, possibly evidence of wrongdoing, reports said.
A former employee reportedly told the Taichung District Prosecutors Office he had seen his employer bring back “dirty” chicken blood from slaughterhouse in Changhua and Yunlin and mix in an unidentified powder to produce duck’s blood and pig’s blood cakes, traditional Taiwanese delicacies.
Inspectors reportedly checked the company’s claims that it had a 90 percent market share for some of those products, but the listings of purchases did not fit the claims, reports said.
The businessman, surnamed Peng, had also registered an animal feed company, for which he bought old chicken blood which was difficult to congeal and could therefore not be used for human consumption.
The potentially adulterated products were sold to hotpot restaurant chains and to supermarkets, reports said, with health inspectors now checking where they had ended up.
In January last year, Peng’s Shulin factory had been closed down by the authorities for illegal dumping of waste water and fined NT$600,000 (US$19,000). The plant had been allowed to resume operations just last December, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-27 01:00 GMT+08:00