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China to communicate with Taiwan on Ting Hsin oil scandal

2014/10/15 21:06:19

Fan Liqing, spokeswoman of the Taiwan Affairs Office (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) China will keep its communications with Taiwan open regarding cooking oil safety according to a cross-Taiwan Strait food safety cooperation agreement and take measures depending on how developments unfold, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council said Wednesday.

Fan Liqing said that the Chinese government has always attached importance to food safety and that its inspection unit has taken heed of the situation regarding Cheng I Food Co., a subsidiary of Ting Hsin International Group, which is embroiled in a scandal involving the mixing of animal feed-use oil and other substandard oil into its lard-based oil for human consumption. Random inspections have been stepped up, Fan said.

Checks by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China show that lard-based cooking fats have not been imported from Taiwan since 2013.

She said that to prevent problematic oil products from entering China and to safeguard the health of the public, the administration has temporarily suspended imports of other cooking oil products from Cheng I.

She noted that since the substandard oil first came to light in early September, China has conducted checks on products named by Taiwan for using substandard oil and has temporarily suspended their imports.

In the case of problematic oils that have already entered the country, the administration will demand their recall by the importers, she said.

Fan made the remarks when she was asked about the Ting Hsin Group during a routine news conference.

Ting Hsin's main food business is in China, where it operates the popular Master Kong instant noodle brand and several fast food chains.

(By Lawrence Chiu and Lilian Wu)
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