Tainted food recalls continue as 78 vendors named

Tainted food recalls continue as 78 vendors named

TAIPEI, Taiwan - One of the biggest food product recalls in the nation's history continued yesterday as health authorities identified more vendors who used tainted oils.

The health department of New Taipei City announced a list of 78 food manufacturers and eateries in eight cities and counties that had purchased from the "Fang Fu" company an oil product that was made using tainted lard from Chang Guann Co., which is at the centre of the scandal.

The 78 clients of Fang Fu are in Yilan, Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung and Yunlin, including the Kuang Ta Hsiang Foodstuffs Co., the department said.

Kuang Ta Hsiang obtained 16 tons of tainted oil from Fang Fu, all of which had been used in the making of two dried pork products, the department said, adding that it was tracing the whereabouts of these dried pork products.

The department said it seized a total of 1,201 kilograms of tainted oil products from Fang Fu.

When the scandal first broke last week, it was thought that only Chang Guann's "Chuan Tung Fragrant Lard Oil" was tainted, but earlier this week, health authorities decided to remove all of its other oil products from the market, triggering a new wave of recalls by restaurants and food makers.

In Taipei, the city's health department said Wei Chuan (味全公司) - one of the biggest food companies in Taiwan - was among nine vendors who voluntarily reported to the authorities about their tainted products.

Wei Chuan, which had previously recalled some of its products, named yet another of its instant noodles as a victim of Chang Guann oils.

Wei Chuan removed 1,645 cartons of the said instant noodles from store shelves, the department said.

Wei Chuan issued a statement explaining the latest recall. It said the pack of sauce coming with the noodles was tainted by oil obtained from a company, "Li Hao," which in turn bought its material from another company, "Cheng Wei." Cheng Wei's material came from Chang Guann, Wei Chuan said.

Taipei has seized 1,729 cans of tainted oil and 121,623 food items weighing more than 697 kilograms since the scandal erupted, the department said.

In Tainan, the city's health department, based on the latest list of banned Chang Guann products, identified 10 more companies that had used tainted oils.

The companies included the famous sausage and meat products maker Black Bridge Food Co. and the Bull Head-branded sauce maker Haw-Di-I Foods Co.

The Tainan department said Black Bridge and Haw-Di-I obtained a total of 1,366 cans of oil from Chang Guann and only 189 of them were seized in the latest action.

In Pingtung, the county's health authorities said it seized 148,742 packs of noodles from Luxe Enterprise, which used Chang Guann oils in its manufacturing process.

Luxe said consumers can get a refund for its tainted products.

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