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Flavor Full fine canceled

Flavor Full fine canceled

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Ministry of Health and Welfare committee canceled a NT$460 million (US$14.1 million) fine imposed on Flavor Full Foods Inc. by the New Taipei City Department of Health, reports said Tuesday.
The fine goes back to the series of adulterated oil scandals in late 2013, when the company was accused of having mixed low-grade cottonseed oil with 24 varieties of more expensive cooking oil it sold to consumers.
The ministry’s petition review committee reportedly concluded that Flavor Full’s acts did not amount to illegal adulteration so it canceled the fine.
New Taipei City had also issued an additional fine of NT$7.8 million (US$239,700) for providing erroneous or misleading documents.
During raids in October 2013, the city’s health authorities, Flavor Full officials admitted that since June 2011, they had used imported cottonseed oil in their oil products without mentioning so on the labels. New Taipei City issued the fines on October 13, 2014, because it concluded that the company had committed a grave violation of existing laws by adulterating the oil and by failing to reveal the practice to the public.
However, the Ministry of Health and Welfare committee referred to intellectual property rights legislation to rule that there could hardly be talk of adulteration or forgery, so it decided to cancel the administrative fine of NT$460 million for Flavor Full, reports said.
After the scandals broke out, public opinion clamored for heavier fines and prison sentences for those responsible. The adulterated oil scandal also featured fake olive oil with potentially cancer-causing substances and the use of industrial types of oil totally unsuitable for human consumption.


Updated : 2021-09-19 06:59 GMT+08:00