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A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Dragonbones » Tue Oct 21, 2014 16:05

Here is a summary of Taiwan’s food scandals: Note: Post in progress.

1960s: “Trench oil” (i.e. gutter oil) allegedly imported from Japan to Taiwan, and used in food processing (see Wiki: gutter oil). Effects: diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach and liver cancer, and developmental disabilities in newborns and children.

1975-1985: 22 arrested for making and selling gutter oil over this ten-year period. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutter_oil

1979: PCB poisoning aka Yu-Cheng: Rice bran oil laced with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and quaterphenyls (PCQs) poisoned over 2,000 people. Symptoms: physical (somatic) complaints, low birth weights, skin disorders, and hyperpigmentation. Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1568079/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/a ... 2003599613
http://www.acsh.org/wp-content/uploads/ ... Bs2005.pdf
Some netizens allege involvement by the founder of Ting Hsin (involved in several later scandals) or relatives of the owning Wei family (unsubstantiated so far).

2004 Outbreak of fatal canine renal failure in Taiwan after consumption of melamine and cyanuric acid in pet food. China-sourced protein concentrates were to blame. http://paperity.org/p/13370918/melamine-toxicity
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2984098/

2005 Uni-President, Fwu-sow, Taisan Enterprise and Great Day “olive oils” criticized for being blends with cheaper oils (up to 90% mustard seed or sunflower oil) and very little olive oil at all. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003259361

2007 Matsusei (松青 Song1qing1), Wellcome, Carrefour and Pxmart (全聯 Quan2lian2) were found to sell expired products. Matsusei and PxMart would be busted again in 2014. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news/2007/0 ... stores.htm

Wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate from mainland China, contaminated with melamine, poison thousands of animals in N. America. 130 out of 210 samples in one US test contained melamine. Chinese mfrs. admitted to routinely adding it to boost nitrogen content, to hide dilution of more expensive protein-containing ingredients. Around the same time, toys from major companies like Mattel (Sesame Street, Barbie, Batman, Pixar Cars, Fisher-Price and Dora the Explorer toys) and Marvel, as well as Curious Georgie plushies were recalled due to toxic lead in the paints (made in China). Bindeez recalled toys painted with a toxic chemical which poisoned kids with the anaesthetic GHB. From China of course. Hotel toothpastes in the Americas, Australia and Europe from China were found to contain poisonous diethylene glycol. China ordered Time Magazine to remove from Chinese editions reporting on tainted Chinese products.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2984098/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Chine ... rt_recalls

2007 – 2008 Alarming numbers of kidney ailments appear in babies after consuming milk powder in China contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid, added to disguise dilution with water by artificially bringing protein test results back up. Milk powder from 22 Chinese companies, with Sanlu at the top of the list, tested positive for melamine, which was also found in ordinary milk at dairies, Nestlé pure milk, HJ Heinz baby food, M&Ms (Mars), Oreos (Nabisco), Cadbury products, Koala's March Cookies, Lipton milk tea powder, White Rabbit Creamy Candy, Steamed Potato Crackers, chocolate snacks, yogurt, ammonium bicarbonate, egg powder, eggs, biscuits, oatmeal, ice cream, soy milk, tea and coffee drinks, malt extract, and pizza. Many products in Taiwan including Mr. Brown Coffee were recalled. Taiwan banned Chinese milk products. Products were recalled worldwide, and at least 25 countries banned Chinese dairy products. There were almost 300,000 sick (mostly children, including a few in Taiwan) and at least 11 dead. 1,500 raccoon dogs also died. At least seven Taiwanese companies imported contaminated proteins from China, made from corn or other vegetables but mixed with tainted milk products to improve flavor. sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2984098/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_o ... lk_scandal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Chinese_milk_scandal
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/ec ... 2911_x.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/27/world ... .html?_r=0
Chinese media admitted that melamine was routinely added to animal feed. Parents holding a news conference to draw attention to the plight of their sick children were packed off to a labour camp. Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping were executed.

2008 Taiwan bans vegetables including celery, tomato, mushroom, and potato from China due to melamine contamination. Also found to contain melamine from China: octopus balls, cream puffs, snack-type seaweed, you tiao (fried crullers eaten with soy milk for breakfast), fried Hong Kong style bread (puluo mianbao), smoked squid, Hong Kong dim sum meat buns.
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... ety_TAIWAN
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... TAIWAN_eng

Eggs from China exported to Hong Kong were found to contain high levels of melamine, due to its use in chicken feed. Suspicions arose about poisoned meat and seafood from China for the same reason. Around the same time, 81 deaths and 785 illnesses in the US resulted from a China-sourced ingredient in the blood thinner drug heparin.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/27/world ... .html?_r=0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Chine ... ulteration

2009: Polymer plastics were found in Vietnam in Taiwan-made tapioca starch balls used in bubble milk tea. UPC (联 成 化工) was shuttered after selling maleic acid made by Taiwan Prosperity Chemical (信 昌 化工), which made its way into foods in Taiwan. Some people stopped drinking bubble milk tea (I did).

Fully HALF of the vegetarian processed food out there was found to contain meat. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003446226
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_con ... ?id=976592

2010 Melamine-tainted foods are still being seized in China. Even when the reporting conveniently disappears, the contamination persists.

2011: The cheaper, toxic plasticizer DEHP was used to replace already cheap palm oil in 900 products in Taiwan made by 339 firms and sold at 40,000 stores, including drinks (fruit juices, sports drinks, packaged tea, bubble tea, etc.), jellies and jams (including those used in breads and pastries), powdered probiotics, fruit powder and syrup, vitamins, stomach pills, and yogurt powder. Culprits: Yu Shen Chem. & Pin Han Perfumery Co. Toxicity: could lead to testicular defects, infertility and kidney failure. Some people stopped purchasing all packaged drinks and locally made jellies, jams and bakery products. Making jams and breads at home rises in popularity.

Three kids dead and 35 sick in NW China after drinking nitrite-laced milk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13010267

In Taibei, four pet food products labeled as containing beef were found to contain no beef whatsoever (Belicom, Dobi, Ever Red and Maxwell brands). http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003521438

2011-2014 Chang Guann (強冠) imported non-food-grade lard oil and falsely labeled as for human consumption from Hong Kong-based Globalway (金寶運貿易). Chang Guann was busted for this and for adding “gutter oil” to lard oil sold for human consumption in 2014 (see below). This made its way into innumerable products and restaurant foods. Some people started cooking at home more.

2012 The man in China who first alerted authorities to melamine contamination in 2006 is murdered. http://web.archive.org/web/201211290133 ... ang-weisuo

Banned pesticides and excessive amounts of pesticides were again found in fruit and vegetables at major supermarkets. The DOH found that 9% of produce was not fit for consumption. http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=1835833

2013: Business Weekly reported that 70% of dairy products sold in Taiwan were found to contain chemicals and drugs (antibiotics, plasticizers, anti-depressants, contraceptives, estrogen compounds and other pharmaceuticals) which can be harmful to humans, including products from Uni-President, Wei Chuan, Kuang Chuan and Taiwan Bifido.

Most “rice” noodles were found to contain little rice, and some none at all. 45 of 52 brands had under the standard 50%; 39 had under 20%. One of Long Kow Foods’s brands (Taiwan’s leading maker) had only 7-10% rice, but was labeled “over 90 percent rice”. The Hsinchu County Farmers’ Assoc. brand contained 0% rice, but was labeled as pure rice.
http://flar.org/en/taiwan-90-of-rice-no ... ulterated/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003553799

Chang Chi, aka Da Tong Chang Chi大統長基had been putting a banned coloring agent, copper chlorophyllin, in its cooking oil and olive oil for seven years, to mask adulteration of its olive oil with cheap cottonseed oil (which may cause infertility). It also faced allegations that its satay sauce contained rotting mushrooms and 20-year-old frozen fish, and that its soy sauces were tainted. Many stopped buying any Taiwan-made or –packaged cooking oils. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Taiwan_food_scandal
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... hyllin.htm
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=2330220

Ting Hsin (頂新, the black-hearted firm also at the center of the 2014 scandal, and owner of Wei Chuan foods, Lin Feng Ying dairy, Matsusei (Songqing) supermarkets, and Dicos burgers) mislabeled and resold the above Chang Chi’s products, resulting in indictment of their chairman on fraud charges. Some of us stopped buying Wei Chuan and Lin Feng Ying products. See above Wiki link and http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... hyllin.htm

Formosa Oilseed Processing Co. (福懋油) sold cheaper oil mixtures as pure olive oil (Wiki) and was busted for copper chlorophyllin in its oils. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... hyllin.htm

Wei Chuan (味全, in the first of three scandals in 11 months) was busted for adulterated cooking oil. Many began avoiding Wei Chuan products. See above Wiki link.

Flavor Full (富味鄉食品) also adulterated cooking oils using cheaper oil, including peanut oil and cottonseed oil (which may cause infertility), with the cheating covered by adding flavoring agents. (Wiki)
http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=2330220

Geneherbs Biotech (菁茵荋生物科技) slipped unauthorized drugs into Wellslim Plus+ diet pills. (Wiki)

Sing-Lin Foods (興霖) illegally added sodium copper chlorophyllin to Wu Mu (五木) spinach ramen noodles. (Wiki and http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... Copper.htm)

Taisun (泰山) and Fwusow (福壽), both earlier implicated in the 2005 adulterated their oils with the illegal food additive copper chlorophyllin complex. (Wiki) http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... hyllin.htm

Pomace oil (including Olitalia’s) and grapeseed oil from Europe were rejected by the Taiwan government due to the same complex, although this was disputed, with claims that it forms naturally in small quantities in these two oils. http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil- ... rant/38059
http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil- ... orts/37937

Ta Lien Alcohol Co.; an affiliate of the above scandal firm Changchi) mislabeled alcohol contents on 11 of 12 products. The main item, rice wine for cooking,contained no rice, and was instead edible alcohol and artificial flavoring. Ginseng wine contained expired ginseng flavoring, and alcohol levels were mislabeled. Fruit wines were merely alcohol doped with flavorings, rather than being distilled from the fruits as claimed. http://englishnews.ftv.com.tw/read.aspx ... A0F371EA35 http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=2334909

Three makers were busted for maleic acid (which was also a problem in 2009), which made its way via agar powder and tapioca into bubble tea (not the first time bubble milk tea had problems), pudding, Cold Stone ice cream, glutenous dumplings, Hakka rice noodles and sweet taro balls, as well as flour and its products, meat balls, soybean curd, Japanese-style oden fish snacks, flat rice noodles, yam balls, and juices. sources: http://www.asianewsnet.net/Food-vendors ... 47326.html and http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Food-sca ... 28124.html

These three also had mislabeling and certification problems: Ho-mei (和美) Guan-shin (冠 馨) and Hsieh-chi (协 奇). Toxic to the kidneys. A.G.V. Products (爱 之 味) and Uni-President (统一) removed products with agar powder and contaminated tapioca powder.

Foundation for Consumer Protection found 60 % of rice brands reported false information about the quality level, including Uni-President Organic Rice, Sunsuivi (山水糙米), I-Mei (义美), Taisugar (台糖), Carrefour (家乐福) and Welcome (顶 好) as well as Cotton Land (棉花田). Fuli Organic (富丽) actually contained pesticides. Source: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Food-sca ... 28124.html

Namchow (南僑) was busted for adding banned ingredients (copper chlorophyllin) in green noodles. Namchow was also caught destroying evidence in the case and also put the additive in ice cream (Duroyal (Lucky Royal)). It's also one of the firms supplying ready-made "dough" to local bakeries, which previously had widespread problems with jam, jelly, syrup and ‘cream filling’ type ingredients. http://www.soshiok.com/content/namchow- ... 3GKNZ.dpuf
http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_con ... id=2343649

Uni-President engaged in deceptive labeling and was busted for adding the same agent, including adding sodium copper chlorophyllin to a soup at its Santa Cruz health food chain. Some started avoiding Uni-President products. http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_con ... id=2343649

Yih-yuan Food Additives was busted for adding the compound in seaweed and seafood products. http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_con ... id=2343649

Madenform (媚登峰) got busted for selling two kinds of expired health foods (and 23 types of expired cosmetic products). source: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... nt-for.htm

I-Mei Foods Co (義美) fined for using expired ingredients in one of its products.

Rico Industrial Co (立光農工), supplier of ingredients in dairy, pudding and jelly made by Uni-President (Cold Stone Creamery brand), Kwang Dai (光代, “Elate” brand) and AGV (愛之味) grass jelly, was found to be selling expired ingredients (locust bean gum and potassium sorbate) and low-grade materials including non-food-grade preservative EDTA-2Na in gelling agents, which were later sold to various food manufacturers for use in products such as puddings, tofu puddings and agar jelly. RT-Mart removed four agar jelly products from its shelves pending further investigation. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/p ... 2003563681

Carcinogens were found in the spice packets of very popular brands of instant noodles (detected by Wu Chia-chen, Dept. of Chemistry, National Taiwan Normal University. Reportedly, the authorities did not act on this news. http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_con ... TAIWAN_eng

2014: Chang Guann (強冠) mfr. blended cooking oil with “gutter oil” (corpse oil, grease, leather cleaner, and recycled oil -- from restaurant fryers, sewer drains, grease traps, and slaughterhouse waste, i.e. discarded animal parts, animal fat and skins, internal organs, and expired or otherwise low-quality meat) from Shun Te (順德; collected from restaurants, incl. discarded animal parts, fat and skin), and sold it branded as Chuan Tung Fragrant Lard Oil (全統香豬油). Chang Guann was busted for this and for relabeling non-food-grade oil from Hong Kong as food grade (ongoing since 2011). Over 1200 restaurants, food processors and schools used the tainted oil, including five food companies with GMP certification used the tainted oil, which made its way into sauces, cake, pineapple cakes, moon cakes, dumplings, noodles, canned meats, and buns. The bad oil was sold in Hong Kong as well, making its way into the city’s biggest bakery chain, 7-Eleven and Starbucks products. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Taiwan_food_scandal
http://time.com/3300093/taiwan-gutter-o ... -7-eleven/
http://www.ibtimes.com/taiwan-gutter-oi ... ls-1687104

Effects of gutter oil: Effects: diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach and liver cancer, other cancers and developmental disabilities. http://www.ejinsight.com/20140905-taiwa ... l-scandal/

Ting Hsin (頂新, whose chairman was also indicted for fraud in the 2013 scandal (Wiki); Ting Hsin owns Wei Chuan, Lin Feng Ying, Matsusei (Songqing), & Dicos) mixed animal feed oil with cooking oil and resold it for human use. Its unit Cheng-I Food Co. (正義), which dominates the lard and lard oil market in Taiwan with an 80 market share, was responsible. The chairman was detained after prosecuters alleged employees were discovered trying to hide or destroy evidence. Family members fled to China with some of his assets. Ting Hsin’s beef tallow (widely used by bakeries and others in Taiwan) and coconut oil are also under investigation. Ting Hsin’s food laboratory has reportedly also had its license revoked. http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=2599873

Companies using the bad oils include too many to name, but some of the biggest were Wei Chuan (味全), Taiwan Sugar Corp., Ve Wong (味王), Chi Mei (奇美), Sheng Hsiang Jen (盛香珍), Gourmet Master (美食達人), Yilin (憶霖), Hawdii (好帝), Good Morning (早安美芝城), Wu Wha Ma Dumplings (五花馬), Magie du Levain (樂金), Yu Jen Jai (玉珍齋), Lee Hou Cake (李鵠餅店), Black Bridge (黑橋) Li Ji Cakese (犁記餅店), and I-mei’s pork floss. Innumerable breakfast shops and mom and pop eateries as well as mid-range restaurants were affected. Many people have decided to eat out less, or not at all, and to avoid processed foods.

Among the above, most notable is Wei-Chuan (味全), due to being a subsidiary of the black-hearted gutter oil firm Ting Hsin, which was previously cited with using adulterated cooking oil in 2013. It also used the tainted cooking oil from Chang Guann in canned pork, pork sauces, meat paste and pork floss.

Prominent restaurant group Wowprime (running Wang Steak, Tasty, Tokiya and Famonn Café) not only used the tainted cooking oils, but failed to report this to the government as required, resulting in fines. http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=2599825

Products pulled after they were found to contain non-food-grade beef tallow imported from Vietnam by Ting Hsin (and which may include gutter oil) include packaged sliced bread, peanut bread, pineapple buns, cream-filled pastries and hotdog buns, 20 types of fruit and sweetened pies from Rose Pie (薔薇派) bakery chain, 19 kinds of instant noodles and Japanese oden by Uni-President (統一) and five noodle seasoning packs made by Wei Chuan (味全). Dumpling chain Eight Way (八方雲集) apologized for unwittingly using a tainted baking oil in their corn soup, and in a measure of remorse announced it would donate all profits from the soup to an anti-smoking group and the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/a ... 2003603006
Major brand noodle seasoning packs were found to be carcinogenic in late 2013 but it is alleged that no government action was taken at that time. http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_con ... TAIWAN_eng

Namchow (南僑): busted for using in their foods oil that was declared as industrial grade when they imported it. The oil turned out to be food grade, but they declared it as industrial in order to avoid having it undergo required inspections. Whether this avoidance of inspections was due to other problems with the oil is not yet clear. They were also busted last year for adding banned ingredients in green noodles, as was Uni-President. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003602279
http://www.soshiok.com/content/namchow- ... -ice-cream

Many stop buying lard, and learn to make it at home or use other oils. Sales of imported oils rise. Massive nationwide boycotts begin of [b]Ting Hsin products and companies, including Wei Chuan and Lin Feng Ying in particular. Some also boycott its brands Dicos, Matsusei supermarket, and the 101 shopping mall. [/b]

Ting Hsin’s Dicos in China was also one of the brands (along with KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds) buying from a US-owned meat processor in China which was caught selling meat which had expired and was handled in an unhygienic manner. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/mcdonal ... -1.2713508

Soon afterward, Taipei, four of [b]Ting Hsin’s fourteen Matsusei supermarkets[/b] in Taizhong were busted for using expired meat (past the due date by as much as three months) in ready-to-eat meals, and changing labels on expired food to continue selling it. They were previously busted for this in 2007.

Ikea Taizhong busted for using expired milk in soft serve: http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2 ... Y99ZpahQwg

Pxmart (a supermarket, Chinese name Quan2Lian2 全聯) found selling expired products including meats; former employee alleges this was routine practice, with badly expired products given out as samples, and passable ones relabeled as near the end of expiry and sold. They were previously busted for this in 2007.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... -sells.htm
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby shiadoa » Tue Oct 21, 2014 16:56

Useful...I shall stop shopping at Matsusei, in the future. Hitting them in their pockets, seems more effective than waiting for the EPA to take any meaningful action.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Icon » Tue Oct 21, 2014 17:24

The 1979: PCB poisoning aka Yu-Cheng was horrific. One would think that after that -and that one was allegedly accidental- they would actually take steps to avoid anything remotely similar.

But then they imported radioactive rebar and built houses with it... Same kind of mentality as with inedible oil, adulterated oil, recycled oil. The black heart that lies behind these actions is terrifying.
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Postby belgian pie » Tue Oct 21, 2014 17:39

The price of pork fat (back or belly) will go up which is an incentive for pork breeders to use (possible) illegal means to fatten their pigs ...
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Dragonbones » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:47

I guess you all saw that four of fourteen (Ting-Hsin-owned) Matsusei supermarkets in Taizhong were also busted for using expired meat (past the due date by as much as three months) in ready-to-eat meals, and changing labels on expired food to continue selling it. I'm going to have a lot of work to do, to add this, the melamine eggs, the melamine pet foods, the poisonous toothpastes, and all the lead-containing toys to the list.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Toad » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:35

Sounds like it's time to get that cabin in the hills and a few boxes of ammo. If they keep putting chemicals in our food, the zombie apocalypse can't be far off.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Dragonbones » Thu Oct 23, 2014 00:36

the founder of a homemade soap bar, Xin (馨手作), said that the soap bars made from Ting Hsin's oil products start to deteriorate in a couple of weeks.
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Postby Kal El » Thu Oct 23, 2014 13:24

This is beyond criminal, especially how it affects children (ordering dinners fried in these oils at anqinban). They should be taken out behind the sheds with their entire families and shot.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Dragonbones » Thu Oct 23, 2014 13:30

Ikea Taizhong has been busted for using expired milk to make their soft serve.

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Pxmart (a supermarket, Chinese name quan2lian2 全聯) found selling expired products including meats; former employee alleges this was routine practice, with badly expired products given out as samples, and passable ones relabeled as near the end of expiry and sold. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... -sells.htm
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby belgian pie » Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:25

Dragonbones wrote:Pxmart found selling expired products including meats; former employee alleges this was routine practice, with badly expired products given out as samples, and passable ones relabeled as near the end of expiry and sold. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... -sells.htm

Most, if not all of it is sold at 50% off ... so people know it's about to expire that day or the next, Wellcome does it too ... in Europe they just throw it in the bin, sometimes up to two days before end of shelf life, than picked-up by dumpster divers.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Kal El » Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:50

belgian pie wrote:
Dragonbones wrote:Pxmart found selling expired products including meats; former employee alleges this was routine practice, with badly expired products given out as samples, and passable ones relabeled as near the end of expiry and sold. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... -sells.htm

Most, if not all of it is sold at 50% off ... so people know it's about to expire that day or the next, Wellcome does it too ... in Europe they just throw it in the bin, sometimes up to two days before end of shelf life, than picked-up by dumpster divers.

If it doesn't give you the shits, it's probably ok. :grin:

About four years or so ago we were having a bbq and I bought some meat from Carrefour. One of the things I bought was lamb chops, and when I opened the package at home it had a very definite "off" smell about it. :thumbsdown: So I wouldn't be surprised if they're guilty of the same. Since then I always smell my meat before I buy it.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Dragonbones » Sat Oct 25, 2014 19:29

BTW, Pxmart (the above-mentioned seller of expired foods) is quan2lian2 全聯 in Chinese. I don't even think their signs mention "Pxmart", so I'm not sure why the news reported it that way. It's a supermarket. I suspect many of the reduced price meat items you find at stores in Taiwan are actually already expired, rather than about to expire as indicated on the label, and not just at quan2lian2.
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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Taffy » Sat Oct 25, 2014 19:57

Gods, it makes the horsemeat scandal in the UK look like a joke. Dragonbones, you need to write a post on "how to eat safely in Taiwan". Seriously.

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Re: A history of Taiwan's food supply: decades of poisoning, adulteration and fraud

Postby Kal El » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:21

Taffy wrote:Gods, it makes the horsemeat scandal in the UK look like a joke. Dragonbones, you need to write a post on "how to eat safely in Taiwan". Seriously.

Horse meat can be a good feed. :thumbsup:
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