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Taiwan rejects 16,000 kg olive oil imports
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-02 06:19 PM
Another imported olive oil brand is also found with small amount of Copper Chlorophyll added to edible oil. The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) Thursday released a list of unqualified imported food at border including one batch of Copper Chlorophyll-tainted Italian brand of olive oil OLITALIA totaling 16,707 kg. This shipment is being rejected at border, meaning it will be either returned to exporter or destroyed in accordance with laws in Taiwan.

MOHW said in a statement that this is the first time OLITALIA's product was found with Copper Chlorophyll. The shipment in question will be banned from entering Taiwan market. The rest of the products manufactured by OLITALIA on the shelves have been tested safe, according to MOHW. Currently the MOHW is administering a rigorous batch-by-batch border inspection of imported oil in light of the Tatung Changchi olive oil adulteration scandal and the first violation of olive pomace oil imports reported late last year.

Tatung Changchi Foodstuff Factory Co. was first accused in October of adding cottonseed oil into its olive oil products while labeling its products as pure olive oil. The firm was later found to have added sodium copper chlorophyllin, an additive that is prohibited in food oil products, into its oil products to enhance the color. Changchi Chairman Kao Cheng-li was sentenced to 16 years in prison on charges of fraud and violations of the Act Governing Food Sanitation.

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