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TSU slams low food safety fines

TSU slams low food safety fines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Low fines for major violators in past food safety scandals show the government’s insincerity in tackling the problem, the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union said Friday.
Since late 2013, Taiwan has been hit by a variety of scams involving the adulteration of food, from fake olive oil to edible oil mixed with industrial products to tea leaves with excessive levels of legal and banned pesticides.
TSU top lawmaker Lai Chen-chang mentioned four major food safety cases where prominent companies initially faced grave fines which were later sharply cut.
Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co., the company at the heart of adulterated oil scandals in late 2013, was faced with claims of up to NT$1.85 billion (US$60 million), but in the end it was only fined NT$15.84 million (US$516,000), Lai said.
The fines for Flavor Full Foods, a company involved in the same series of oil scandals, were cut from NT$460 million (US$14.9 million) to NT$8 million (US$260,000).
Namchow Group saw its fine cut from NT$30 million (US$977,000) to NT$3 million, while bread chain Top Pot Bakery, which gained a high profile through the involvement of celebrity Dee Hsu, better known as Little S, ended up with a NT$180,000 (US$5,800) fine, Lai said.
The generous treatment of those serious food safety violators showed that the government was not serious about improving quality levels, leaving the public still gravely worried about the reliability of the food products they were buying, according to the TSU legislator.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said it was necessary to wait for the final outcome of the trials in those cases before it would be considered whether higher administrative fines were necessary.


Updated : 2021-09-28 03:46 GMT+08:00