Popular restaurants found breaking food safety laws

09/29/2020 10:37 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Nine popular restaurants in several cities and counties across Taiwan have been caught violating food safety regulations, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said Tuesday.

Some were using expired ingredients and others were found to have been cooking dishes using vegetables contaminated with excessive pesticide residue, the official said.

The findings were brought to light during the agency's April-July inspection checks of 164 restaurants, some of which are located in tourist attractions and some are popular restaurants that are highly evaluated on the internet, FDA specialist Chen Mei-chuan (陳美娟) said.

The examination of restaurant foods was launched as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept people on the island from traveling abroad due to border controls, who have therefore turned to domestic travel and local gourmet food purveyors, Chen said.

A total of nine restaurants failed the extensive checks, according to Chen, including the Sushiro Taipei Zhonghua Restaurant, which was found to have served a crab and shrimp salad dish below sanitation standards.

As a result, the restaurant was slapped with a fine of NT$30,000 (US$1,035) for violation of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, according to the inspection results.

The results also showed that Thai Town Zhubei Guangming Store in Hsinchu County and Sud Vista Restaurant in Miaoli County were found using expired ingredients and were therefore fined NT$120,000 and NT$60,000, respectively.

The Yi Hsuan Kitchen in Hsinchu City, Ya-yuan Restaurant in Taichung and Wu I Ssu Kitchen in Tainan were found to have been mislabeling halibut as more expensive codfish. As a consequence, they were all given fines of NT$40,000.

Meanwhile, the Hsinchu J. Piin branch of Little Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant, Chien-Yeh Shabu Shabu in Taitung City and Cafe NuNu in Hsinchu County were found using vegetables containing excessive amounts of pesticide residue, according to the FDA.

An investigation has been launched to trace the sources of the pesticide-tainted vegetables, the agency added.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Yu Hsiao-han and Elizabeth Hsu)

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