Date
26 September 2017
Expired and used oil was found to have been used in making mooncakes and other food products. Photos: Xinhua, Wee Keat Chin/Flickr
Expired and used oil was found to have been used in making mooncakes and other food products. Photos: Xinhua, Wee Keat Chin/Flickr

Taiwan food maker recalls products linked to gutter oil scandal

Wei Chuan Foods, one of Taiwan’s oldest food companies, has recalled 12 types of products, including its highly popular pork fiber and meat paste, after its edible oil supplier was linked to a gutter oil scandal on the island.

The Taipei-based company, a subsidiary of the Ting Hsin International Group that owns the Master Kong instant noodle brand, admitted that the products were made using oil sold by Kaohsiung-based Chang Guann, which used adulterated oil to make lard, Apple Daily Taiwan reported on Friday.

Police on Monday swooped down on an illegal cooking oil factory in the southwestern prefecture of Pingtung, and arrested six people including the owner.

Investigation showed that the facility was recycling hundreds of tons of expired oil and selling the products to night markets, restaurants, bakeries, feed makers and food plants, the newspaper said.

So far this year the factory has produced at least 728 tons of recycled oil, which has been used in making mooncakes, pineapple cakes, canned meat and other food products.

The factory owner admitted to police probers that he used expired and adulterated oil, including grease, to produce his products. The recycled oil cost only about NT$12 (40 US cents) per liter to produce but could be sold to food makers for NT$23 per liter.

Among the buyers was Chang Guann, whose oil products are sold all over the island, the report said.

Related story:

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

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