CF sues oil pro­duc­ers for over NT$100 mil.

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS - BY ENRU LIN

The Con­sumers’ Foun­da­tion (CF,

) yes­ter­day filed a class-ac­tion suit against 51 tainted oil man­u­fac­tur­ers for com­pen­sa­tion to­tal­ing NT$108.39 mil­lion.

CF Chair­man Alan Lu ( ) brought the claim to the Taipei Dis­trict Court ( ) yes­ter­day af­ter­noon on be­half of 884 con­sumers.

“Be­cause it was not easy for po­ten­tial plain­tiffs to find their proof of pur­chase, this time we only had 884 con­sumers who were able to com­plete for­mal ap­pli­ca­tions,” Lu said.

“But ac­cord­ing to our es­ti­mates, the num­ber of con­sumers harmed by (last year’s) food safety scan­dal is far, far greater. The num­ber could be near the mil­lions.”

Ac­cord­ing to the CF claim, 51 cooking oil sup­pli­ers cre­ated prod­ucts with in­gre­di­ents not fit for hu­man con­sump­tion, in­clud­ing an­i­mal­grade oils and re­cy­cled kitchen waste.

Sup­pli­ers are in vi­o­la­tion of Tai­wan’s Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Law (

), the Act Gov­ern­ing Food Safety and San­i­ta­tion (

) and other reg­u­la­tions that gov­ern ed­i­ble con­sumer prod­ucts, Lu said.

NT$108.39 mil. in Claims

The CF class-ac­tion law­suit seeks com­pen­sa­tion of ap­prox­i­mately NT$108.39 mil­lion from 51 up­stream and down­stream com­pa­nies in­volved in the most re­cent food scan­dals.

Last year, Tai­wan’s food sec­tor strug­gled with a se­ries of ed­i­ble oil scan­dals, in­clud­ing a crack­down in Septem­ber on ven­dors mak­ing cooking oil with kitchen and industrial waste.

Last Oc­to­ber, lo­cal gov­ern­ments re­ported that other man­u­fac­tur­ers had sold prod­ucts with in­gre­di­ents meant for an­i­mal feed.

Ac­cord­ing to CF’s cal­cu­la­tions, sales of the ed­i­ble oils al­lowed un­scrupu­lous ven­dors to boost prof­its by nearly NT$3.8 bil­lion in to­tal.

Of the 884 com­plaints col­lected in the CF suit, 269 are against Chang Guann Co. ( ) and 17 of its down­stream com­pa­nies, for a to­tal of NT$33.65 mil­lion, Lu said.

An­other 287 com­plaints are against Ting Hsin’s Cheng I Food Co. ( ) and its 18 down­stream com­pa­nies for NT$36.83 mil­lion, while 42 are against Beei Hae Oil and Fats Co. ( ) and four down­stream com­pa­nies for a to­tal of NT$4.99 mil­lion.

CF’s class-ac­tion law­suit was pre­pared and filed un­der the aegis of the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan’s Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee ( ).

CNA

Mem­bers of the Con­sumers’ Foun­da­tion ( ) hold a press event at the Taipei Dis­trict Court in Taipei, yes­ter­day. The con­sumer lobby group filed a class-ac­tion suit yes­ter­day against 51 tainted oil man­u­fac­tur­ers for com­pen­sa­tion to­tal­ing NT$108.39 mil­lion.

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