FINAL VERDICT:The Intellectual Property Court said there was no proof that Wei Ying-chun ordered his employees to relax food inspections and dropped the related charges
Date: Apr 28, 2017
By: Wang Ting-chuan and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Intellectual Property Court yesterday sentenced former Ting Hsin Group (頂新
集團) senior executive Wei Ying-chun (魏應充) to two years in prison over a tainted oil scandal.
The ruling is final and cannot be appealed, the court said.
Wei was charged with providing false information that misled consumers and ordering the group’s employees to adulterate edible oils.
In November 2013, Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co (頂新製油實業) was found to have adulterated its olive oil products with oils from Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co (大統長基食品公司), which had a month earlier been accused of mixing olive oil with sunflower seed oil, cottonseed oil and chlorophyllin.
An e-mail retrieved from the hard drive of a group employee’s computer during a search in 2013 showed that Wei, who was at the time the president of Wei Chuan Foods Corp (味全食品), a subsidiary of Ting Hsin, gave executive orders to mix oils used in Wei Chuan Foods products.
The products, branded as 100 percent pure olive oil, contained only 1 percent olive oil, with the rest consisting of palm oil and about 1 percent grapeseed oil.