CF sues oil producers for over NT$100 mil.
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 ( ).
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.