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CHINESE FOOD SCANDAL: Hypermarkets to remove around 100 items from shelves

By Jerry Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

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The nation’s second-largest hypermarket chain, RT-Mart (大潤發), said yesterday that it would remove a total of 123 items from its shelves, including food, ice cream, three-in-one instant coffee and candies, in response to the melamine scandal.

“It is hard to estimate the losses we have to face,” Margery Ho (何默真), public relations assistant manager of RT-Mart, said by telephone yesterday.

The nation’s largest hypermarket chain operator Carrefour (家樂福) said yesterday that it would remove around 100 items, including three-in-one instant coffee, milk tea and canned, liqiuid and powdered cream.

FULL COOPERATION

“We are willing to cooperate fully,” Dream Lin (林夢紹), public relations manager of Carrefour, said yesterday.

Far Eastern Geant Co (愛買), the third-largest hypermarket chain operator in Taiwan, said it would remove a total of 100 items, including three-in-one instant coffee, ice cream, almond drink, cream and Lipton green milk tea.

The products include Lian Hwa Foods Corp’s (聯華食品) Viva almond drink (萬歲牌杏仁飲), Maxwell House Coffee Singles, and Cafe 3 in 1 (真鍋三合一).

The results of tests on these products have not been released.

ICE CREAM

Shuang Yeh Foods Co’s (雙葉食品) ice cream under the brands Shuang Yeh and A-Chino (阿奇儂), which are suspected of using cream manufactured by Duqing in China, have also been removed from the shelves.

A Far Eastern Geant official said it hoped the government would be clearer about its policies.

Firms also suggested that the government place endorsement labels on government-approved products in a bid to quell consumer panic.

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