Fujiya factory probed
Health authorities investigated a Fujiya cake factory yesterday suspected of using old milk in cream puffs and other confections as public outrage grew about sloppy sanitation standards at the popular Japanese confectioner. Earlier this week, Fujiya Co president Rintaro Fujii announced his resignation after acknowledging that a company probe had found old ingredients, including milk, cream, eggs, blueberry jam and apple filling, had been repeatedly used in products. But in the latest twist, Fujiya said yesterday that it had not gone public with a 1995 food poisoning case that sickened nine people who ate custard-filled cakes tainted with bacteria, company spokesman Fumio Shimada said.
Career advancement survey
Employees who frequently work from home may be hurting their chances to advance their careers, a survey by Korn/Ferry International reported on Tuesday. So-called "telecommuters" are less likely to advance than peers who work in traditional office settings, 61 percent of the 1,300 global executives surveyed said. This was despite the belief by three-quarters of executives that telecommuters are as productive as their desk-bound colleagues, the survey found. Workers climbing the corporate ladder need "face time," said Robert McNabb, chief executive of Korn/Ferry's Futurestep division.
Call for alternative fuels
General Motors Corp chief executive Rick Wagoner called on the US government to promote development of alternative fuels such as ethanol, hydrogen fuel cells and advanced battery technology by using tax credits or fuel subsidies. His comments -- made while oil prices are at a 19-month low -- came at an auto industry conference on Tuesday. Wagoner was happy the price of oil has dropped below US$52 a barrel but did not think it will last. "We run the risk of reverting back to our traditional energy policy," he told the Automotive News World Congress.
EMI, Baidu form partnership
EMI Group of Britain, the world's third-largest music group, and China's Baidu.com Inc (百度) said on Tuesday they had formed a strategic partnership to launch an advertising-supported online music streaming service in China. The two companies in a joint statement also agreed to explore advertising-supported music download services. Under the deal, the Chinese repertoire from EMI's Typhoon Music will be made available for streaming, free of charge, to all users of Baidu. Baidu will also create an "EMI Music Zone" that will legally stream all of EMI's Chinese artists.
Watchdog berates Colgate
Colgate-Palmolive must stop claiming that more than 80 percent of dentists recommend its toothpaste, Britain's advertising watchdog ruled yesterday. The claim had appeared in poster adverts for Colgate Total Advanced Fresh toothpaste, prompting two complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ASA said four of the Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Ltd brands were licensed medicinal products for which endorsement by health professionals was prohibited. Colgate said it had commissioned a research agency to survey dentists and hygienists on a wide range of subjects each year.
FORCED LABOR: Customs officials have seized a 11.8 tonne shipment of products made from human hair on suspicion they were produced by people facing human rights abuses Federal authorities in New York City on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials said that 11.8 tonnes of hair products worth an estimated US$800,000 were in the shipment. “The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in
HONG KONG SECURITY: The president blasted regulations requiring Taiwanese agents or political organizations to provide information on their Hong Kong-related activities President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday warned of countermeasures should controversial Chinese national security legislation imposed on Hong Kong undermine or harm Taiwanese interests. Article 43 of the legislation empowers the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to serve written notices to Taiwanese political organizations or individual agents to furnish information on their Hong Kong-related activities, including their personal particulars, finances, assets, expenditure and capital in the territory. Failure to comply or providing false or incomplete information can result in a fine of HK$100,000 (US$12,903) or imprisonment of six months or two years respectively. Tsai said that Taiwan would keep a close watch on how
JUST QUESTIONS: Expelled reporter Ai Kezhu said that every member of Southeast Television had complied with the law and had not appeared on any talk shows Two Chinese reporters yesterday left Taiwan after the government revoked their accreditation and ordered them to leave amid a probe into allegations that several Chinese media outlets have set up studios and produced political talk shows in Taiwan. The two reporters — Ai Kezhu (艾珂竹) and Lu Qiang (盧薔) — worked for Fujian Province-based Southeast Television and arrived in Taiwan in December last year. The Mainland Affairs Council has launched an investigation after local media reported that Chinese broadcasters — including China Central Television, Southeast Television and FJTV — had set up studios in Taipei and produced political talk shows. Council Deputy Minister
PROBE LAUNCHED: An officer who served as a supervisor in the drill died in an apparent suicide after the accident, which was caused by unexpected waves Two marines who were on Friday injured in a military exercise in the waters off Kaohsiung passed away yesterday, Navy Command said. The marines — surnamed Tsai (蔡), 26, and a sergeant surnamed Chen (陳), 36 — were in a seven-member Marine Corps team that encountered rough seas during a simulated response to enemy forces landing on Taiwan. Their rubber craft overturned in waters off Taoziyuan (桃子園) beach in Zuoying District (左營), injuring four of the marines. They were rushed to hospital, where three of them — Tsai, Chen and a 34-year-old sergeant — were taken to an intensive care unit