Sep 12, 2015 UncategorizedComments Off on New Taipei shuts down vinegar plant (Taiwan News)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) New Taipei City ordered production stopped Saturday at the Ta Chun Kong Yen Foods Co. plant accused earlier this week of having used expired and unlabeled ingredients.
A total of 26 tons of potentially problematic vinegar and soybean paste products had been removed from shelves, health inspectors said, but there was a need for the factory, in the district of Tamshui, to stop production altogether and to halt the supply of products to customers.
If the company braced the ban after 2 p.m. Saturday or still kept on using relevant products made between January 1, 2014 and April 21 of this year, it could face fines ranging from NT$30,000 (US$920) to NT$3 million (US$92,000) for violation of food safety laws.
Inspections in August and September had shown that the factory had not separated products made at different times, while no records were available of the destruction of foods having past their sell-by date, officials said.
Ta Chun Kong Yen needed to present a concrete improvement program, while specialists would have to visit the plant to check whether any new methods fulfilled the demands of the law, the New Taipei City health department said. Only then would it be possible for the factory to resume production and sales of its foods.
The company has been suspected of using recalled or old vinegar in the production of new batches of the same products. Ta Chun Kong Yen is a subsidiary and contract manufacturer of Ta An Kong Yen Foods Co., which has been in business for 74 years. The vinegar brand is simply known as Kong Yen.
Employees of the firm acted as whistleblowers by reporting the practices to health inspectors, reports said. Top management claimed it was unaware of any fraudulent acts at its local factory.