Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) yesterday accused the owners of Ting Hsin International Group (頂新集團) of mistreating Taiwan, after its Hong Kong-listed food manufacturing arm insisted it uses oil products imported from Southeast Asia and not from Taiwan.
Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp (康師傅控股) made the announcement in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to allay public concern over products manufactured by the company amid the adulterated food oil scandal in Taiwan. Tingyi said in its statement that it uses palm oil for its food products.
Tingyi chief financial officer Lin Ching-tang (林清棠) added in an interview with the Central News Agency yesterday that the company is listed in Hong Kong, conducts the majority of its business in China, and that its products are mainly sold in China and not Taiwan.
Huang said during a legislative seesion yesterday that Ting Hsin Group has not only been complicit in adulterating edible oil in Taiwan, it has made things worse for Taiwan by making the an announcement, which marred the nation’s image abroad.
“Does the company mean to say that Taiwan is inferior to China and more black-hearted [heixin, 黑心)]?” Huang asked.“Was it fair for the company to make such an announcement that severely hurts the feelings of Taiwanese?”
Responding to Huang’s query, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said the company should verify its claim before making such statements.
Jiang added that if the company had used Taiwan-produced edible oil, then its claims that it did not could not stand up to scrutiny.
If the company had not purchased Taiwan-manufactured oil, it would have no reason to make such a claim, the premier said, adding that whether the company’s announcement was appropriate, fair, or wise could be debated, but that was a topic to discuss at another time.