By: Wang Hung-kuo and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, May 20 (CNA) The New Taipei government fined a seafood distributor NT$15.48
million (US$473,000) on Friday for having sold large quantities of seafood items beyond their expiry date.
Hsu Chao-cheng (許朝程), deputy commissioner of the city’s Department of Health, said in a press conference that New Taipei-based Ocean International Co. Ltd. had sold expired frozen food products in violation of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.
Among 250 metric tons of inventory checked by the department, about 174 metric tons were found to be in violation of the act, Hsu said.
The affected products involved more than 60 different items, of which 43 had expiry dates that had already passed, Hsu said.
The remainder did not have expiry date labels, and a more detailed check of those items will be conducted to sort out their actual expiration dates, he said. [FULL STORY]