The number of Taiwan firms linked to the nationwide swill oil scandal has swelled to 430. Ooooh the Mainland mouthpieces are going to have a field day with this one……
“According to our latest findings, so far 40 of the 235 companies [identified earlier] bought the oil in question were found to have used it to produce or process into 110 kinds of products,” said Yeh Ming-kung, head of the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration.
At the eye of the swill storm is Chang Guann, the Kaohsiung-based purveyor of lard and cooking oil, that allegedly purchased approximately 240 tons of the recycled oil – dredged from kitchen waste, by-products from leather processing plants and off-cuts from slaughterhouses – from a clandestine factory in Pingtung at a bargain.
Three firms, Gassho, Dah Chong Hong, and Maxim’s, were identified as having bought swill oil from Chang Guann, with the latter two claiming the oil they purchased came with quarantine certificates issued by the Taiwanese officials, according to SCMP.
The Taiwan Premier recently imposed a ban on all products produced by the 235 companies initially implicated. It looks like he’s going to have to add 195 to that list.
Unfortunately, this gutter oil scandal’s stain likely reaches beyond the island as at least 10 companies have branches and/or products sold on the Mainland. Though anybody who lives here knows that it’s already so inundated with gutter oil that it’s dangerous to light a cigarette.
Still, it does prove that just because you’re a bastion of democracy doesn’t mean your ‘swill’ don’t stink. Taiwan companies have also been involved in numerous food scandals over the years, the most infamous involving plasticizer.