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Prosecutors appeal ruling against Flavor Full executives

2014/10/01 22:44:05

Sesame oil of Flavor Full Foods

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) The Changhua District Prosecutors Office filed an appeal Wednesday in the case against two former senior executives of Flavor Full Foods Inc., who were handed suspended sentences by a district court the day before for mixing cheap oils into sesame oil marketed as pure.

Former Chairman Chen Wen-nan and his brother Chen Jui-li, former technical development director, were each sentenced to one year and four months in prison, suspended for two years, and NT$25 million (US$821,000) in fines. The company was also fined NT$5 million.

Four others at the film -- research & development center manager Lin Jui-tsung, supplies section chief Liu Chi-wei and two technicians -- were found not guilty on the grounds that they were not policy makers for the marketing and labeling of products.

The prosecution said the Chen brothers had fraudulently produced and sold the cooking oils and had shown no remorse during the investigation.

The adulterated oil sold for NT$300 million, resulting in an illicit gains of more than NT$32 million, but the company was only fined "a disproportionate" NT$5 million, prosecutors said.

They said the sentence would not achieve the aim of deterring others from similarly cutting corners.

The suspension of the Chen brothers' sentences has also failed to "live up to public expectation of justice," they said, and claimed the four acquitted defendants could not possibly have been unaware of the adulterated oil because they were in charge of adjusting the formula.

The Changhua District Prosecutors Office indicted the six defendants last year on charges of fraud and violating the Act Governing Food Sanitation for mixing cheaper cottonseed oil into so-called 100 percent pure sesame oil products since at least December 2009.

Flavor Full Foods is the largest sesame oil produce in Taiwan and the second-largest in the world.

(By Wu Jhe-hao and Lilian Wu)