By: C.C. Hsieh, P.N. Ling and Lillian Lin
Taipei, July 18 (CNA) The Executive Yuan on Saturday rejected an accusation by I-Mei Foods
Co. (義美) general manager Luis Ko (高志明) that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed authorities in China of irregularities in I-Mei products in July, hurting the company’s sales to China.
Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) received a petition from Ko earlier this week in which Ko said the FDA’s move was making it hard for I-Mei exports to China to clear customs there.
The FDA denied the accusation, saying it did not give its Chinese counterpart any information on recent food inspection at I-Mei factories, in which it found nine-year-old pre-packaged Lunar New Year dishes.
The I-Mei items in question that were long past their expiration date were not for export and were definitely not being sold to China, a Food and Drug Administration spokesman said Friday.