Tainted eels uncovered before being put on sale: prosecutors
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 (