By: Chiang Chun-liang and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Chiayi City Council passed a proposal Monday requiring all schools in
the southern Taiwan city not to use any food products made by Ting Hsin International Group (頂新國際集團).
The proposal was brought up by two city councilors amid a widespread public outcry over a district court ruling in late November that acquitted former Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Chairman Wei Ying-chung (魏應充) of charges related to violations of the country’s food safety laws.
Wei was indicted in October 2014 after investigators found that his company had imported animal feed-grade material and declared it to customs as fit for human consumption. It was then used to make oil for cooking and making pastry.
The verdict drew a strong response from National Taiwan University (NTU) President Yang Pan-chyr (楊泮池), who announced Dec. 1 that his university will “indefinitely boycott” Ting Hsin food products. He also urged all schools around Taiwan to join the boycott. [FULL STORY]