Scallops from Japan found labeled with forged safety certificate

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/14
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized more than six tons of frozen scallops imported from Japan’s Hokkaido Prefecture that were labeled with counterfeit safety certificates during a recent raid at a Kaohsiung-based trading company, the agency said Wednesday.

In addition to the certificates mimicking one issued by the Notske fisheries cooperative in Hokkaido, the seafood was found packed in counterfeit paper cartons indicating that they came from Japanese big brand Kadowaki Suisan, the FDA said in a statement.

FDA division chief Lu Yun-ju (呂昀儒) told CNA that the importer, Sheng Yang Hang (昇洋行), purchased some 9,000 kilograms of scallops in Hokkaido and had them shipped to Taiwan in July last year.

The import was legal and the shellfish were approved for sale in Taiwan, according to Lu.    [FULL  STORY]

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