July 28, 2015
Taipei (AFP) – A court has sentenced the head of a Taiwanese company to 20 years in jail for
his role at the centre of a “gutter oil” scandal that gripped the island’s food industry and brought down a minister.
Yeh Wen-hsiang, chairman of Chang Guann Co, was also fined Tw$50 million ($1.6 million) for his part in selling on 243 tonnes of tainted oil collected from cookers, fryers, and grease traps, as well as recycled grease from leather processing plants.
Yeh was first detained in September after the accusations came to light, but was released on bail in October, before being found guilty of safety violations last week. He was sentenced on Friday.
Hundreds of tonnes of cakes, bread, instant noodles, cookies, steamed buns and dumplings had to be removed from shelves in Taiwan and Hong Kong when the case surfaced, authorities said. [FULL STORY]