Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with Agencies

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 - Page 5

CONFECTIONERY

Donut outlets to close

All 19 Taiwan outlets of the American donut and coffeehouse chain Dunkin’ Donuts will be closed in the first quarter of this year, its parent company announced on Wednesday. Dunkin’ Brands said in a statement that a decision was made to terminate the franchise relationship with Mercuries and Associates Ltd, which operates Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Taiwan. All 19 Dunkin’ Donuts outlets will be closed in the first quarter, Dunkin’ Brands said, but added that it would continue to look for another local franchisee to keep Dunkin’ Donuts available in Taiwan. The closure of Dunkin’ Donuts stores leaves the doughnut market in Taiwan open to dominance by Japan’s Mister Donut. Dunkin’ Donuts opened its first store in Taiwan in 2007.

HEALTH

Catgut therapy disadvised

A plastic surgeon said that those seeking to lose weight should think twice before embarking on a trending Chinese weight loss therapy that takes traditional acupuncture to a new level and carries an increased risk of infection. Chen Shih-yi, a plastic surgeon at Tungs’ Taichung Metro Harbor Hospital, said that while most people are content to receive just traditional acupuncture to help stimulate their metabolism, an increasing number of people are looking for a more aggressive approach, such as the higher-risk catgut-point embedding therapy. The technique uses catgut — a type of cord made from the natural fiber found in the walls of sheep’s intestines — that is embedded in acupuncture points to help the patient lose weight. The technique recently came to attention when a woman experienced an infection as a result of the treatment that saw her develop about 30 coin-sized pustules on her abdomen, arms and thighs, he said.