In May, Lichin Foods Co. Ltd. (力勤農產有限公司) was originally fined NT$6 million (US$197,889) after Taichung health inspectors discovered the company was selling expired frozen meat, but the total fine was doubled to NT$12 million. On appeal the Taichung City Health Bureau was requested to find “another suitable punishment” for the violations, UDN reported.
Following up on a whistleblower tip in April, authorities inspected the meat importer and wholesaler’s facilities in Qingshui District and found more than 15,600 kg of frozen meat products that were past their expiration date. The products included pig intestines, chicken, and boneless pork.
The city Health Bureau emphasized the magnitude of the violation and potential danger it posed to the public, but relented that it would re-evaluate the case and fine within 60 days.
In its appeal, the company did not specifically claim that the fine was too high, but rather that it wanted to see “proper handling” of the case.
The city said that it will refer the case to the Petition and Appeals Committee for evaluation within the 60-day timeframe. Inspectors said that the case will be evaluated based on the type and number of violations, as well as the intent or negligence in the matter.