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Taichung firm found to possess expired seafood, false labeling

2017/05/19 22:37:52

Photo courtesy of Taichung City Health Bureau

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) A seafood company in central Taiwan has been accused of possessing expired frozen shrimps and for allegedly altering the expiration dates of its frozen abalones, the Taichung City Health Bureau said Friday.

Acting on a tip-off, investigators from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with local prosecutors and police, raided the company in Taichung's Nantun District on Thursday, and seized 12,290.50 kilograms of abalones and 648kg of shrimps.

At the time of the investigation, health authorities found 60 boxes of expired whiteleg shrimps stored in the company's warehouse, while the expiration dates on 905 boxes of abalones also appeared to have been tampered with, as they showed traces of relabeling, the authorities said.

The company operator told investigators that it was simply an oversight and that the abalones will be properly labeled as soon as possible.

According to the FDA, people who sell expired food products are subject to a fine ranging from NT$60,000 to NT$200 million (US$6.67 million) under the Food Safety and Sanitation Act.

The case has since been brought to prosecutors for further investigation.

(By Chao Li-yen and Ko Lin)