Over 51 tonnes of expired, unlabeled food seized in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung authorities have seized more than 51 tonnes of expired and unlabeled food from two food companies in the city during a food safety operation carried out ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday.

Led by Kaohsiung prosecutors, police and officials from the FDA and the Kaohsiung City Department of Health raided Bai Xian Wu Enterprise Co. (?????) and its affiliated company, Yen Jing International Pty Ltd. (????????) Sept. 9.

The authorities seized 51 tonnes of frozen food products during the raid, including soft-shell shrimp, squid and lumpfish, as well as packing lists, sales slips, and inventory lists of the companies.

Among the seized products are frozen shrimp that expired 11 years ago, according to the authorities.

The suspects allegedly sold the products to downstream vendors after replacing the original expiry date labels with new forged ones, the authorities said.

They said an unknown number of the products have already been consumed in restaurants in Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung and Chiayi.

Police interrogated 11 people allegedly involved in the food safety scandal and handed them over to prosecutors for allegedly violating food safety and fraud laws.

Using or selling expired food products can result in a fine of between NT$60,000 (US$1,892) and NT$200 million, and businesses may be closed down or suspended, according to the FDA.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel