Taiwan Health Department seizes phony mutton

Taiwan Health Department seizes phony mutton

TAIPEI, Taiwan - New Taipei City's Public Health Department continued investigating fake lamb products made with a mixture of pork and mutton yesterday by inspecting six businesses suspected of being downstream buyers, where they were able to seize 552 kilograms of the blend.

The Kaohsiung District Prosecutor's Office found after interrogating Hua Yuan International Co., Wei Feng Co. and other lamb meat manufactures, that a portion of the protein labelled as lamb did not contain an ounce of mutton.

A man surnamed Ho and three individuals involved with the other meat companies were released on bail.

The health department said that counterfeit foods or food additives cannot be manufactured, packaged, transported, imported, exported or dispensed as giveaways. Those that violate the law under the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation will face up to five years in prison and may be penalized NT$8 million.

Six Downstream Buyers

The six downstream buyers include Xinzhuang District's Hsien-Hui Shabu, Zhengzong Yanrou Rong, Zhang Chaofan Chaomian, Wugu District's Cheng Feng Meat Products Co., Zhonghe District's Mei Chi Foods Co. and Shulin District's Mingi Food Co.

Hua Yuan's counterfeit lamb was also distributed into the Tainan food chain and was sold to companies like Tainan's "youth store for meats, fruit and vegetables", said the health department.

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