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Progress in the Auditing of the Illegal Use of Dimethyl Yellow (6)

  • Data Source:Ministry of Health and Welfare
  • Created:2014-12-23
  • Last Updated:2017-01-11

The Food and Drug Administration and city and county health bureaus are continuing to investigate the flow and removal off the shelves of downstream products related to the illegal use of dimethyl yellow by Chien Hsin Enterprise. According to the results of reports from various county and city health bureaus, as of 10 AM on December 23, 2014, a total of 883 employees have been dispatched to audit businesses 1942 times (550 audits of vendors/dealers, 1221 audits of hypermarkets/supermarkets/convenience stores, 134 audits of food manufacturing and processing businesses, and 37 audits of night market stalls). The problematic products containing dimethyl yellow have been removed from the shelves, with a total of 71,965 kg of products recovered. The list of problem product has not been updated today. 

According to Subparagraph 10, Paragraph 1, Article 15 of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation announced and revised by presidential decree on December 10, 2014, food products including additives not permitted by the central competent authorities shall not be manufactured, sold, or publicly displayed. Offenders shall be fined an amount between NT$60,000 and $200 million in accordance with Article 44 of the same Act or shall be imprisoned for a term of no longer than 7 years and fined an amount of no more than $80 million in accordance with Article 49 of the same Act. 

The Food and Drug Administration once again calls on soy product businesses using emulsifiers (defoamers) to stop the use of Chien Hsin Soy Product Emulsifier immediately and return it to the original manufacturer. If products manufactured with the illegal food additives are discovered or problem products are found on shelves, heavy penalties shall be levied.