The China Post
Date: December 4, 2015
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Supreme Court overruled an extraordinary appeal to confiscate
NT$1.85 billion in the Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co. (大統長基) tainted oil scandal yesterday.
The ruling was issued on the grounds that under current laws, confiscation of illegally obtained income cannot be carried out against corporations. Confiscation can be only carried out on natural persons.
Supreme Prosecutors Office Prosecutor-General Yen Da-ho (顏大和), who filed the extraordinary appeal earlier this year in January, stated his respect for the Supreme Court’s ruling. He also said he would carry out further research before considering whether or not to file another appeal, according to local media.
Chang Chi was found to be using copper chlorophyllin, a carcinogenic, illegal coloring agent, in its olive oil and adulterating its higher-end cooking oil products with cheaper cottonseed oil in October 2013.
The Changhua County District Court annulled the prosecutor’s request to confiscate NT$1.85 billion from Chang Chi in the first trial proceedings, and imposed a fine of NT$50 million. In the second trial proceedings, the Intellectual Property Court slapped a fine of NT$38 million on Chang Chi instead, citing the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation. [FULL STORY]