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Probe over domestic cooking oil, food scandal in Taiwan,

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Taiwan —Probe over domestic cooking oil, food  scandal in Taiwan — Chang Chi Foods in Changhua, producer of the edible oils under the brand name Tatung.

Taiwan China Food, Cooking oil Scandal

Police inspect illegal cooking oil, better known as “sewer oil” seized during a crackdown in Beijing Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The company is under investigation for using banned chemicals in their oil products, a fraudulently mixing in cheaper cottonseed oil as well as palm oil, grape-seed oil, and other cooking oil products.

More than hundred of schools in Taiwan are affected by fraudulent used of cooking oil and other products from Chang Chi to prepare lunches for students, while the military was considering legal action if the oil was found to be damaging to health, reports said.

According to media report, that in 2012, the MHW already knew that examination results of products made by Tatung Changchi Foodstuff Co. showed abnormal levels of additives, but failed to follow up in its investigation.

Tatung was also reported as illegally using additives to color its oils such as copper chlorophyll, which experts warn might cause lasting liver damage.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday said it will assign prosecutors to investigate the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) over a controversy regarding products containing contaminated cottonseed oil, report said.

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