Mon, Nov 25, 2013 - Page 12 News List

Cashing in on adulterated oil

In the wake of Taiwan’s cooking oil scandal, manufacturers are finding buyers for their recalled products

By Enru Lin  /  Staff reporter

In the case of Wei Chuan, recalled goods will be stored away for at least the next half year, long after the media spotlight has moved on.

At Wei Chuan’s office in Taipei, spokesman Weng Chao-ren (翁趙仁) says that recalled products are stored in Pingtung County, where they were produced by Ting Hsin International Group (頂新國際集團).

“We will make no plans for returned products until after the refund deadline of May 31 of next year,” Weng said.

BACK AT WELLCOME

In Taipei, consumers have mixed feelings about the resale of recalled food.

“Companies broke the law with those products, so why are they allowed to make money off them?” said Chen Ching-feng (陳慶峰), a security guard at an office building in Taipei. “The profit should go into the national coffers.”

Back at Wellcome, Lin Tzu-ting (林慈婷) of the Taiwan Foundation for the Blind (愛盲基金會) is preparing the space for a lecture on safe oil products, as part of the grocery chain’s public relations campaign after the scandal.

“Turning oil to soap, I can accept that,” she said. “Though reselling oil as food to other countries is a little weird. That creates problems if you’re not careful.”

In the rice aisle, a housewife surnamed Chang agreed. “I don’t mind that companies make money from that oil because it’s part of a legal protocol,” she said. “But I do hope the government can make sure that oil doesn’t come back up here.”

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