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Wholesaler suspected of selling expired soda cans

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

Cans of soda imported by Ken Phone Trading Co are seen yesterday. The Bureau of Investigation found that the company had added fake expiration dates so the products could remain on store shelves longer.

Photo: Lin Chun-hung, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau (MJIB) yesterday cracked down on a wholesaler who was selling cans of expired 7UP and diet A&W root beer drinks to retailers.

The bureau told a press conference that Ken Phone Trading Co, based in Bali District (八里), New Taipei City (新北市), was suspected of selling expired drinks to big department stores in Taipei, including Sogo, Breeze and Dayeh Takashimaya, as well as a number of convenience stores nationwide.

The bureau said the company in May imported diet A&W root beer with English tags that said “best before 2012.07.10.” The company allegedly changed the tags to “2012.12.03” or “2013.01.10.”

The MJIB said the company imported 7UP in January with English tags saying “production dates 2011.11.28” or “2011. 12.14” and an expiration period of “eight months.” The company allegedly attached new tags with expiration dates “2012.12.05” or “2013.01.10.”

The bureau seized a total of 1,500 cans with fake tags and 9,000 cans without new tags.

The bureau also found that the company was selling Capri 100% pure canola oil with fake expiration dates. According to company documents, the firm imported 720 bottles of Canola oil and had sold 658 bottles. The bureau seized 64 bottles of the oil with new fake expiration dates.

The bureau said the owner and employees of the company would be charged with fraud, forgery and violations of the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法).

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