Firm caught sell­ing bo­gus min­eral wa­ter

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A bot­tled wa­ter man­u­fac­turer in Kaoh­si­ung City has been dis­cov­ered to be sell­ing bo­gus min­eral wa­ter made from un­li­censed un­der­ground wa­ter re­sources, pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by pros­e­cu­tors, Puli En­ter­prise in Kaoh­si­ung’s Dashu Dis­trict was found to be run­ning an il­le­gal fac­tory to ex­tract un­der­ground wa­ter. The com­pany then adul­ter­ated the un­der­ground wa­ter with wa­ter re­sources pur­chased from legal man­u­fac­tur­ers and passed the prod­ucts off as min­eral wa­ter or dis­tilled wa­ter.

The prod­ucts, pack­aged in 16-liter or 20-liter bot­tles, have been sold to over 20,000 com­pa­nies and ho­tels in Kaoh­si­ung and neigh­bor­ing Ping­tung County, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The dis­cov­ery has come amid a fresh food scare linked to tea bev­er­ages con­tain­ing traces of pes­ti­cides.

Also Fri­day, the Cabi­net-level Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee (CPC) said 13 break­fast restau­rants have failed a food safety in­spec­tion.

The 13 were among 30 restau­rants in­spected by CPC of­fi­cials.

Of the 58 in­gre­di­ent sam­ples such as meat pat­ties and eggs col­lected from the restau­rants, seven were found to con­tain residues of an­i­mal drugs, in­clud­ing ni­car­bazin, orme­to­prim, semi­car­bazide and trimetho­prim. None of th­ese chem­i­cals are per­mit­ted in food­stuff.

Mean­while, E. coli was de­tected in 10 of 64 food sam­ples col­lected.

Chueh Li-ching, a re­search fel­low at the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the lev­els of an­i­mal drug residues de­tected this time are very low and she urged con­sumers not to panic.

Still, the restau­rants face hefty fines and have been or­dered by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to take the prob­lem­atic prod­ucts off their menus.

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