Man guilty of selling expired yogurt gets 2 years

Man guilty of selling expired yogurt gets 2 years

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A businessman has been convicted of fraud charges and sentenced to two years in prison for selling repackaged yogurt products that had passed their sell-by dates, high court officials in Taipei said.

The high court returned a final verdict, finding Huang Chieh-ta guilty of 882 counts of fraud and giving him prison terms adding up to two years, the officials said, adding he could pay a fine in lieu of imprisonment, according to a CNA report.

Huang's company, GEDI, imported yogurt products from Greece, which were sold at its three outlets at department stores and an underground arcade in Taipei, according to the verdict.

In 2012, GEDI was fined by Taipei's health authorities for selling yogurt products that had passed their sell-by dates.

In order to reduce losses and avoid being fined again, GEDI made ice-cream and sundaes using the expired yogurt products, and sold them at the outlets.

The Taipei District Court previously acquitted Huang and his two co-defendants due to conflicting testimonies given by his employees.

But the high court concluded the appellate trial by convicting Huang, saying he intentionally cheated consumers by selling them food items made using expired materials.

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