Century Hotel (知本金聯世紀酒店), a 5-star hotel in Beinan Township, Taitung County, had expired refrigerated and dry ingredients seized by Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Apple Daily reported.
The expired food included yogurt, frozen shrimp, chili powder, mustard, and 13 other ingredients, the oldest of which had expired nine months ago. Authorities could not confirm whether consumers had been served any of the expired products at the hotel’s restaurant.
The FDA along with the Taitung County Public Health Bureau conducted an audit of the hotel’s kitchen for its Four Seasons Buffet on Tuesday.
The FDA northern district chief Wang Tzu-sui (王慈穗) said the yogurt had recently expired while the shrimp expiration date was in February. The kitchen staff said that the expired ingredients hadn’t been used in the past two days, but could not recall if they had ever been used past their expiration dates.
Wang said that other violations included the stove range hood was not adequately clean and the freezer was not cold enough. He said that Century Hotel has until May 26 to correct the problems cited by the FDA and Public Health Bureau or it could face fines of NT$60,000 (US$1,992) to NT$200,000 (US$6,641).
This is not the first 5-star hotel in Taiwan to be accused of serving expired food, as a wholesale seafood supplier allegedly delivered expired seafood to hotels around Taipei last year.
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Legislative Yuan, 82% of Taiwan residents are not confident in food safety measures.