Red Brick Daily
A day ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival weekend, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — in a joint operation with Kaohsiung City — raided two food suppliers.
The owner of both firms later admitted to selling out-of-date food with fake expiry dates on the labels.
Expired and unlabeled frozen food was uncovered at cold storage facilities owned by Bai Xian Wu Enterprise Co. Ltd. (百鮮屋股份有限公司) and rented by Yen Jing International Pty Ltd’s (源進國際有限公司).
Both companies are allegedly owned by a Mr. Wu Wei-chi (吳韋琦).
Wu reportedly admitted wrongdoing and was released on bail Wednesday.
Officials seized over 50,000 kilograms of expired items … including several boxes of 11-year-old frozen shrimp! It expired ELEVEN YEARS ago … that’s when people were grooving to James Blunt croaking “You’re Beautiful” … or trying to explain to children what The Black Eyed Peas meant with their smash hit, “My Humps.”
*in case you miss that video, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEe_eraFWWs
The seized goods also included approximately 7,000 kilograms of mushrooms, frozen soft shell crabs, cod and vegetable balls ready for sale to restaurants in Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung and Chiayi.
The two companies could face a fine of between NT$60,000 to NT$200 million if found guilty, while the companies could also be handed a one-year operations ban.
According to the National Police Agency, the Bai Xian Wu Enterprise had raked in over NT$500,000 in the past two years from selling expired goods.
Food safety still plagues Taiwan … healthiest has gotta be cooking at home, no?