6 Taiwan companies fess up to Vietnam tallow

6 Taiwan companies fess up to Vietnam tallow

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday published the names of six food retailers, including Wei Chuan and UTC Foods, which have been buying Ting Hsin tallow products.

These are suspected to have been mixed with animal feed oil from Vietnam-based oil company Dai Hanh Phuc Company.

According to the FDA, after it issued preventive recalls on all the products that were suspected to have been made with improper tallow products from Ting Hsin, six companies reported themselves to local health departments, saying that they had bought products from the firm.

The six companies are Wei Chuan, UTC foods, Hsin Yu Yuan, Gen Asia Biotech Co. Ltd., San E Foods Ingredients Co. Ltd. and Hsing-fu Hsiung Ti.

Chiang Yu-mei, acting director-general of the FDA, stated that the FDA has urged Vietnam authorities to provide official documents to prove that their tallow products as well as the company's coconut oil products are safe for human consumption. So far, Vietnam has not produced any documents.

"However, they did reply that they will be ready to provide relevant information in the near future," said Chiang.

"Since we have not gotten official documents yet to prove that these products are edible, we have to suspect that they may be harmful to humans and need to be recalled as a precaution," she continued.

Chiang also said that the FDA has tracked a total of 14 companies that purchased products from Ting Hsin. If the remaining eight companies did not report in by 8 p.m. yesterday, they could face fines ranging from NT$30,000 (S$1,257) to NT$3 million based on the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.

According to the FDA's statistics, 9,710 kilogram of related products have already been pulled from shelves so far.

The FDA also stated that although Hsing-fu Hsiung Ti reported that it used the tallow products only for industrial use, it will investigate to find out whether any tainted oil was mixed with food products.

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