Sand­wich maker won’t be tak­ing blame over food poi­son­ing in Hong Kong

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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