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Customs raided over tainted food from Thailand and Japan

Customs raided over tainted food from Thailand and Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Investigators on Tuesday raided the Taipei Customs headquarters of the Ministry of Finance’s Customs Administration in a scandal related to the illegal import of tainted food including green asparagus from Thailand and seafood from nuclear disaster areas in Japan, reports said.
The Ministry of Justice’s Agency Against Corruption reportedly received a tipoff that officials at the Taipei Customs office in Dayuan, Taoyuan City, helped two companies to sell imported products from Japan and Thailand which should have been destroyed.
An estimated 6,434 kilograms of the products, which included Thai green asparagus tainted with insecticides and seafood from Japan’s Chiba prefecture, were sealed and destined for destruction, but customs officials reportedly passed them on to the companies, which helped them reap illegal profits of up to NT$10 million (US$327,000), reports said.
The New Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Tuesday ordered searches by investigators including staff from the AAC at 14 locations, while 12 individuals were being summoned for questioning, reports said. The list included a customs official surnamed Yang, several other employees and company managers, according to media reports.
Because the businessmen succeeded in smuggling the products through to sell inside Taiwan, investigators suspected that corruption by customs officers was involved in the case, reports said.
Taiwan has been hit by repeated food safety scandals since late last year, with the attention focusing on a range of products from cooking oil to tea leaves.


Updated : 2021-09-24 20:51 GMT+08:00