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130 tons of tainted seaweed sold: reports

130 tons of tainted seaweed sold: reports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At least 130 tons of seaweed with industrial additives were sold to the public in the Taichung area over the past two-and-a-half years, reports said Tuesday.
Prosecutors were already investigating the case, which could lead to prison sentences of up to seven years and fines of up to NT$80 million (US$2.5 million).
From September 2012 until last January, Sheng Hua Trading in Fengyuan, Taichung City, bought industrial chemicals from Ta Hsin Chemicals and mixed them in a 25-percent proportion with seaweed to make the product softer and easier to digest, reports said.
The 129,600 kilograms of seaweed products made with the technique ended up mostly at traditional markets in the Fengyuan and Taichung areas. Since the seaweed only remains fresh for about two days, all of the products were sold and probably consumed almost immediately, reports said.
Taichung health inspectors found the chemicals during an inspection at Sheng Hua acting on information from Pingtung County. Company officials were unable to provide a coherent explanation for the usage of the chemicals, according to officials.
The product might contain heavy metals which can damage heart and liver in some cases, reports said.


Updated : 2020-12-03 10:19 GMT+08:00