By: Elizabeth Hsu
A district court’s ruling last week that acquitted Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co. (頂新製油) of charges related to violations of the country’s food safety law sparked a widespread outcry in the society, triggered doubts about enforcement of the law, and shook people’s trust in the judicial system.
Changhua prosecutors were seeking a 30-year prison sentence against former Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Chairman Wei Ying-chung (魏應充) and severe penalties for other executives of the company, which was accused last year of putting sub-standard cooking oil and other food products on the market. The acquittal was a slap in the face for prosecutors. [FULL STORY]