Prosecutors appeal not-guilty verdict in cooking oil scandal

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/12/10
By: Wu Jhe-hao and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) Taiwan’s Changhua District Prosecutors Office on 51896914Thursday filed an appeal over a not-guilty verdict for Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團), a major edible oil producer accused of using substandard ingredients in its oil products and violating the country’s food safety law.

In a ruling handed down last month, the Changhua District Court acquitted Ting Hsin Chairman Wei Ying-chung and six other defendants in the food safety scandal, sparking a widespread outcry in Taiwan.

Wei was indicted in October 2014 for allegedly violating the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation after investigators found that his company had imported animal feed-grade fat and declared it as fit for human consumption. It was then used to make cooking oil, prosecutors said.     [FULL  STORY]

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