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Light sentence in pudding case

Light sentence in pudding case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Tainan District Court sentenced a man found guilty of mixing industrial ingredients in flours to three years in prison, a jail term which can be avoided by paying about NT$1 million (US$34,700), reports said Saturday.
Tsai Fu-yuan, 66, of Likuang Agriculture and Industry Co. in Tainan mixed the industrial glue EDTA-2NA into flours and other products which he supplied to 191 food companies in Taiwan, including Uni-President Enterprises, which used them to make a popular pudding product, and AGV Products Corporation.
Over a period of five years from 2008, Tsai reportedly made NT$140 million (US$4.4 million) in profit from the practice, yet the court only sentenced him to three years in prison or the payment of NT$1.095 million after he was found guilty on 205 charges, reports said.
The court explained the light sentence by reportedly saying that it could not be proven that anybody had been killed or harmed by consuming the products tainted by the ingredients from Tsai’s company.
Prosecutors, who had demanded a heavy sentence, immediately said they would appeal against the district court verdict.
Demands for compensation by Tsai’s customers would have to be dealt with in separate court sessions, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-20 12:17 GMT+08:00