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Assets of food safety violators can be confiscated

Assets of food safety violators can be confiscated

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan on Thursday approved a measure which will allow the authorities to confiscate the assets of food safety violators, including corporations.
The change, which passed its third reading Thursday, close to the end of the present Legislative Yuan session, will lead to the confiscation of illegal profits and prevent businesses from removing assets in order to avoid compensation payments or fines, reports said.
Under existing legislation, only the possessions and funds belonging to an individual can reportedly be confiscated, letting businesses off the hook if they have the illegal profits registered as company assets.
Thursday’s amendments were inspired by several court rulings which were seen by public opinion as too lenient in the light of the major food safety scandals of the past few years.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court rejected a ruling to confiscate NT$1.85 billion in alleged illegal profits made by Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. in a major cooking oil adulteration scandal. The court argued that a company could not commit a crime since it was not an individual.
The new legal amendment will make a repeat of the Supreme Court decision highly unlikely, reports said. There would also be no need for details about the sums involved.
Lenient treatment of major food safety violators over the past few months has given new impetus to long-simmering public anger and to legislative efforts to impose tougher penalties. The current Legislative Yuan is on its last legs, with elections scheduled for January 16.


Updated : 2021-09-28 23:52 GMT+08:00