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Soy shoot bleacher receives lenient sentence

Soy shoot bleacher receives lenient sentence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A businessman who bleached 7,300 tons of soy shoots with chemicals over ten years only received a suspended sentence Tuesday, provoking public indignation.
The case of Taichung trader Tsai Juei-yi was only the latest food safety scandal to receive relatively lenient treatment by the courts.
The Taichung District Court gave Tsai a ten-month prison sentence, but if he paid a fine of NT$800,000 (US$25,700), he could have the jail term suspended for three years, reports said. An employee of his Ching Huei Farm Products Co. was sentenced to six months or a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,400) for a three-year suspension.
Tsai and his company treated soy shoots and ginger roots with chemicals to make them look whiter and fresher, prosecutors said. The chemicals used in the process could lead to vomiting and even to blockages of the digestive system, according to toxicologists.
Tsai started buying the necessary chemicals for industrial use from a firm in Chiayi back in 2004, the prosecutors said. He had the soy shoots soaked in water with the chemicals, producing more than 2,000 kilograms of tainted vegetables per day. Market stalls, low-price restaurants and teppanyaki chains all over Taiwan were his clients.
Last year, he switched away from industrial-grade chemicals, but the new substances he used for the soy shoots were still listed as illegal, reports said. His company sold 7,300 tons of the tainted soy shoots over a decade, prosecutors concluded.


Updated : 2021-09-20 05:09 GMT+08:00