Verdict Reached in Taiwan Gutter Oil Scandal

Verdict Reached in Taiwan Gutter Oil Scandal
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173 manufacturers have suffered damage because of the gutter oil scandal and it has affected businesses all over the island.

On July 24, the Pingtung District Court came to a verdict regarding the gutter oil case last September. Chang Guann CO. was fined NT$ 50,000,000 (approximately US$ 1,500,000). The company’s chairman, Ye Wen-xiang, and vice president, Dai Qi-chuan, were both sentenced to 20 years. Gutter oil trader Guo Lie-cheng was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment.

The Pingtung District Prosecutors Office ended the investigation on the gutter oil scandal after a nine-month trial last October.

CNA reports, the Pingtung District Court has charged Ye and Dai of violating food safety management and guilty of fraud. 173 manufacturers have suffered damage, and the two people have been sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment. Five of these 20 years may be reduced to a fine of NT$ 1,000 (approximately US$ 30) per day.

Guo was sentenced to a total of 12 years and fined NT$ 50,000 (approximately US$ 1,500). Three and a half of those years and the fine are for violation of guns and ammunition regulations while eight years and six months are for violating food safety regulations. The district court mentions that Guo sold gutter oil to Chang Guann nine times.

In addition, Guo’s employee, Shi Min-yu, was sentenced to eight years also for breaching food safety regulations.

New Talk reports, the Pingtung District Court says while they have reached a verdict on the cooking oil scandal regarding Chang Guann, the case on companies selling leather oil to animal feed businesses is still proceeding.

Translated by Sarah Grasdijk
Edited by Olivia Yang

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