By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, May 18 (CNA) The producer of a shrimp snack popular in Taiwan has been
caught using expired raw materials, including bonito extract powder that is nearly three years past its expiration date.
Based on a tip-off, investigators from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local health authorities, along with prosecutors, raided the Yu Zong Foods Co. (裕榮食品) in Daliao District of Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on Wednesday, seizing expired bonito extract powder, anhydrous citric acid and red yeast rice powder.
During the inspection, the company, founded in 1971, was found to have used the expired ingredients in the production of its popular shrimp snacks under the brand name Hsia Wei Hsien (蝦味先), as well as a soybean powder product, according to the FDA. [FULL STORY]