Tainted eels un­cov­ered be­fore be­ing put on sale: pros­e­cu­tors

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Batches of pro­cessed and half­pro­cessed eel tainted with mala­chite green were un­cov­ered yes­ter­day by an in­ves­tiga­tive team led by the Taoyuan pros­e­cu­tors of­fice and health bureau.

Around three tons of the prob­lem­atic grilled eel were con­fis­cated at Taoyuan City-based Ming Chuan In­ter­na­tional (

) of­fi­cials re­ported, say­ing that none of the tainted eel made its way onto shelves.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions found the batches of eels were tainted with mala­chite green, meant for ve­teri­nary use and leu­co­ma­la­chite green residue, both po­ten­tially haz­ardous chem­i­cals to hu­mans.

Ming Chuan, a pro­cessed fish­ery and well-known eel ex­port com­pany, had bought 5,000 kilo­grams of live eels from in­land fish­eries in Yun­lin. The com­pany had been com­mis­sioned by a renowned pro­cessed eel com­pany that ex­ported prod­ucts to Ja­pan, based in South­ern Tai­wan.

Ming Chuan, which claimed it main­tained a long-term re­la­tion­ship with the in­land fish­eries, did not wait for test re­sults and had the eels shipped off to the south­ern-based fac­tory for pro­cess­ing.

The batches of live and half­pro­cessed eels were later re­turned to Ming Chuan due to mala­chite green con­tam­i­na­tion in late March once the fac­tory had found out about the fi­nal test re­sults.

Hsu Wen-chuan ( ), Ming Chuan’s owner, was ar­rested for hoard­ing and pro­duc­ing the tainted, pro­cessed eels by Taoyuan pros­e­cu­tors and health of­fi­cials yes­ter­day.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions will be held to un­earth which in­land fish­eries were us­ing mala­chite green.

Hsu will be taken in for po­lice ques­tion­ing un­der vi­o­la­tion of the Act Gov­ern­ing Food San­i­ta­tion (

).

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