Uni-President used Vietnamese tallow統一企業使用越南脂
October 25, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
Originally, Uni-President group was buying tallow from President Nisshin Corp. (統清), the oil manufacturer under Uni-President group. However, as production broke down this June, President Nisshin could not provide enough tallow products and asked Mitsubishi Corporation (三菱商事) to order it, eventually ending up with Ting Hsin's tallow products.
Uni-President group reported that it bought a total of 5.57 tons of refined tallow products from Ting Hsin Oil & Fat Industrial Co. (頂新製油實業), which allegedly contain non-edible oil from Vietnam, on June 10 this year and used the oil to produce their beef-flavored sauce in their instant noodles, according to the FDA.Uni-President group reported to Tainan City's Department of Health that 19 beef-flavored instant noodle products, including the brands Lai Yi Ke (來一客), Man Han Da Tsan (滿漢大餐) and spicy oden packs sold in 7-Eleven convenience stores, contain Vietnamese tallow products that have not been certified safe for human consumption.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nineteen instant noodle products from Uni-President Enterprises Corporation (統一企業) were pulled from shelves yesterday for containing tallow from Vietnam, following the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) issuance of a preventive recall on Oct. 22; Vietnam officials have not yet proven that these oil products are edible.
Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美), acting director-general of the FDA, stressed that this batch of tallow products was the only one used in Uni-President group's food products and the FDA has already demanded that the company pull all affected products from shelves because it is still unclear whether the products are edible.
Along with Uni-President group's instant noodle products, the FDA also revealed 23 items from 14 other food manufacturers made from Ting Hsin's tallow products. These products have to be recalled before 12:00 a.m. today.
Responses from Uni-President Group
Compensation will be paid as soon as authorities confirm that the Vietnamese tallow products are not safe for human consumption, according to a statement released by Uni-President group.
The company also stated that it had already stopped selling questionable products and will cooperate with health departments to clarify matters.
The statement also said that customers can ask for refunds from 7-Eleven stores using their receipts if they bought questionable products, including instant noodles and oden packs. Since receipts do not mark the flavor of oden pack, all receipts for oden packs are refundable.
Uni-President group also stressed that the time and steps for the refund will soon be announced to customers.
台北，台灣 - 從統一企業股份有限公司（統一企業）十九方便麵產品進行了下架昨日拉出含脂越南，繼美國食品和藥物管理局（FDA）發布10月22日預防性召回; 越南官員還沒有證實這些成品油食用。