Date
17 December 2017
Taiwanese pastry chain Black Bridge says it sold rice dumplings in Hong Kong cooked in oil from an illegal vendor. Photo: article.wn.com
Taiwanese pastry chain Black Bridge says it sold rice dumplings in Hong Kong cooked in oil from an illegal vendor. Photo: article.wn.com

Taiwan dumpling maker in gutter oil scandal makes amends

A popular Taiwanese cake and sausage maker said its Hong Kong outlets sold hundreds of rice dumplings cooked in gutter oil. 

Black Bridge Co. Ltd. said 1,100 rice dumplings were sold in Hong Kong between May 17 and June 30, government broadcaster RTHK reported Friday.

Buyers of the dumplings will be reimbursed, the company said.

It said it had sourced cooking oil from a supplier which was recently found to have sold recycled oil.

Meanwhile, 85 Cafe, another popular Taiwan bakery chain, said its Hong Kong stores are supplied by a self-owned factory and have not bought oil from the illegal vendor, Apple Daily reported. The Hong Kong business is a joint venture with local fast food chain Café de Coral. 

The company’s flagship Prince Building store is popular among Hong Kong children.

In Taiwan, its Green Onion bread was found to have used gutter oil from Chang Guan Co., a manufacturer based in Kaohsiung, the report said.

Gutter oil is a mixture of oil from drains, sewers and trash cans decanted into fresh bottles and mainly sold to eateries and bakeries in Kaohsiung and nearby districts.

Sophia Chan, an undersecretary in the Food and Health Bureau, said the agency is monitoring developments in Taiwan.

The Center for Food Safety said it will investigate whether any contaminated food has made it to Hong Kong.

More than 200 food companies and restaurants, including some well-known firms, have used the oil.

Five men and a woman have been arrested in Kaohsiung in connection with the incidents.

Wei Chuan Foods Corp. said it immediately pulled 12 pork floss and meat paste products from stores.

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Taiwan food maker recalls products linked to gutter oil scandal

China vows clampdown on ‘gutter oil’ in food safety drive

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