The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday clarified the rumor that substandard food products made by Chang Chi Foodstuff Factory Co might be put back onto shelves after being relabeled.
The administration rebuffed local media reports that Chang Chi’s substandard oil products can make their way back onto market shelves after correction, saying that the reports are not accurate.
Food products containing additives that have not been not approved by the administration, are adulterated or counterfeit will be seized and destroyed rather than relabeled, the FDA said, adding that only products that have been mislabeled can be corrected and remarketed after being examined by the local health authorities.
“And the correction [of the mislabeling] would need to go through a process. There is no such thing as pulling products off shelves and then allowing re-labeling and reselling. The mislabeled products have to be off shelves before the company can file an application for the authority’s approval and reselling,” FDA Deputy Director-General Wu Hsiu-ying (吳秀英) said.
Yeh Yen-po (葉彥伯), director-general of Changhua County’s Public Health Bureau told the Central News Agency yesterday morning that so far, 66 Chang Chi food products have been identified as violating the law, 34 of which had copper chlorophyllin illegally added to them and eight were counterfeited items.
The 42 product items will be destroyed, Yeh said.
Most of Chang Chi’s mislabeled items are salad oils and blended oils, Yeh said.
These oils have been found to contain cheap cottonseed oil without indicating so on the label, and according to the Act Governing Food Sanitation (食品衛生管理法), they can be sold and relabeled after the correction has been made and approved by the health authority, he added.
In addition, at least 25 Flavor Full Food items have been deemed as mislabeled, 24 of which used cottonseed oil and one that contained peanut essence without indication, FDA officials said.