TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Seven people from a trading company in Kaohsiung (高雄) were arrested for selling repackaged expired milk powder, it is reported today (Jan 10).
According to CNA, Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office recently received notice from the Ministry of Health and Welfare that Easecom Trading Co. Ltd. were suspected of combining expired milk powder with fresh product, repackaging the mixture, and selling it to food and beverage industries with fake labels and expiry dates.
Inspection began on Dec. 26 last year, headed by the southern unit of the Food and Drug Administration. The administration acquired a search warrant for four departments of Easecom Trading including the company office and factory.
Authorities seized 8,441 kg of suspect milk powder on site and summoned seven people, including the company director and factory manager, with charges.
Prosecutors indicated 2,513 kg had already been sold on to food and beverage industries (CNA image)
Prosecutors indicated that the director, surnamed Ke, instructed employees to combine expired milk powder with fresh product, repackage the mixture, and relabel it under the product names “AAA milk powder,” “Dutch milk powder,” and “rose milk powder.”
Fake expiry dates were printed on the bags before they were distributed to unknowing food and beverage outlets, KTV establishments and other businesses.
Police found that as well as the 8,441 kg of suspect milk powder the company was harboring in its warehouse, a further 2,513 kg had already entered the market.
Ke was released on a bail of NT$100,000 (US$3,250) after interrogation. The other six suspects were not charged.
Officer Wu Shao-chin (吳韶芹) said a special unit had been formed between the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office, and the Department of Health’s Hygiene Team for a follow-up investigation. Officials say the seized products have been recycled.