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Taiwan food tycoon grilled over cooking oil scandal

Published on Nov 7, 2013 6:04 PM
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Mr Wei Yin-chun, chairman of the group's Taiwan unit Wei Chuan Foods Corp, bows to apologise during a press conference in Taipei on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. The head of a leading Taiwanese food company has been questioned in a widening food scandal involving several major cooking oil retailers, prosecutors said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - The head of a leading Taiwanese food company has been questioned in a widening food scandal involving several major cooking oil retailers, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Mr Wei Yin-chun is chairman of Wei Chuan Foods Corp, the Taiwanese unit of Ting Hsin International Group which owns the Master Kong instant noodle brand.

He was released on bail of TW$10 million (S$422,000) following an overnight interrogation on suspicion of fraud and violating the food safety law, prosecutors said.

Mr Wei and five company executives are being investigated after a supplier that makes Wei Chuan-brand cooking oil was accused of using adulterated oil obtained from Changchi Foodstuff Co, which is at the centre of the growing scandal.

 
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