I-Mei fined for expired food
Taoyuan County’s Public Health Bureau yesterday fined I-Mei Foods for using expired ingredients in one of their products and said it has referred the case to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office for investigation. The bureau fined I-Mei Foods NT$150,000 (US$5,000) based on the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法) and asked the company to recall the products, and improve production management and control. Prosecutors said I-Mei’s factory in Longtan Township (龍潭) used more than 9,000kg of expired soy protein isolate to make an estimated 5.76 million packs of cream puffs from 2011 to last year. Of the total produced, 4.32 million packs had been consumed, they said. The bureau said I-Mei Foods was trying to recall the cream puffs from its most recent batch of 1.44 million packs that are still on the market.
Systems failure mooted
A systems failure may have been the reason a two-seater Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet crashed into the Taiwan Strait on Monday during a regular training mission, the air force said on Tuesday, citing the results of an initial investigation. The Mirage plowed into the sea off Hsinchu County, with its two pilots ejecting and parachuting to safety. A task force is continuing to investigate the cause of the crash and all the nation’s Mirage 2000-5s have been grounded for safety inspections. Officials said a failure in the hydraulic pressure and power systems may have caused the crash, but added that the exact cause could not be determined until after a thorough investigation of the wreckage, the black boxes and on-board video. The incident was the second crash within five days. An F-16 crashed during a training mission off Chiayi County on Wednesday last week.