Sandwich maker won’t be taking blame over food poisoning in Hong Kong
A Taiwan-based bakery chain store whose sandwiches are popular with Hong Kong tourists yesterday denied any responsibility in a food poisoning case that affected more than a dozen people in the city.
Horng Ryen Jen Cake and Biscuits Store said none of its branches had supplied sandwiches directly overseas.
At least 13 people in Hong Kong reportedly fell ill after eating sandwiches — supposedly made by Horng Ryen Jen — they had bought at a few different locations in the city.
Health authorities in Hong Kong have launched an investigation.
Taiwan’s food safety authorities under the Ministry of Health and Welfare are also looking into the cause of the alleged food poisoning case. Its preliminary findings showed that Horng Ryen Jen has never shipped its sand- wiched overseas.
Horng Ryen Jen is famous among Hong Kong tourists for the kind of inexpensive sandwiches commonly sold in Taiwan’s bakeries. Most of its sandwiches are made of simple bread, thin slices of ham and mayonnaise.
Many Hong Kong tourists take Horng Ryen Jen’s sandwiches back home as gifts for their friends and families.
Lin Yieh-siu, manager of two of Horng Ryen Jen’s stores in Taipei, said the company does not run centralized production, and each store makes its own sandwiches.
Although customers can order the sandwiches online, they are only shipped to domestic locations, Lin said.
One of its stores in Changhua said it has never authorized any agents to distribute its products overseas. But the store has no control if foreign tourists resell products after buying them, it said.