Consumers may file class actions in Taiwan food scandal

Consumers may file class actions in Taiwan food scandal

TAIPEI - The Consumers' Foundation (CF) expects to press class action suits concerning the recent food oil scandal next March, which was proposed by the Consumer Protection Committee (CPC), officials announced during a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

Consumers may file a lawsuit against implicated food oil companies with consumer ombudsmen in every county and city through mail or in person starting from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 next year, according to the press release.

Consumers who file the lawsuit may be compensated no more than NT$30,000 (S$1,260) even without evidence proving actual damage, according to the foundation. CF Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Tse-yu said that consumers may go to the tainted oil cases webpage on the CPC's official website to check if they have purchased any of shady products listed on the webpage.

Afterward, consumers may find their receipt, fill out the Right of Claim Concession form and Personal Information form on the CF's website and mail the necessary documents to the CF or deliver them to the CF or Consumers Service Centers in person, Hsu said.

CF Vice Chairman Yu Kai-hsiung said that the questionable products listed exceed 1,000 in number. Yu added that the offending companies include Chang Guann Co., Ting Hsin International Food Group, Cheng-I Food Co., Beei Hae Edible Co. and their retailors.

Yu said that class action suits are successfully filed when there are more than 20 consumers pressing the charges.

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