Prosecutors demand 4-year sentence for expired food vendor

The China Post news staff

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday indicted the boss of a food material trading company for selling expired chocolate materials, demanding a jail term of four years against her.

Prosecutors launched the indictment against Shen Feng-ying (沈鳳英), a trader of Ele Field Co., Ltd. (力暐公司), after gaining solid evidence against her illegal sales of out-of-date chocolates to thousands of customers, including procurement offices of several famous tourist hotels around the island.

The victim hotels include Ambassador Hotel, Gloria Hotel, The Landis Taipei Hotel, The Westin Taipei, The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei and San Want Hotel Taipei.

Prosecutors yesterday also indicted Liu Kun-lai, manager of the firm’s warehouse in Wuku District of New Taipei City, for adding new date labels to baking materials stored at the warehouse, demanding a sentence of one year and six months.

After raiding the office of Ele Field, prosecutors and police discovered and confiscated sales invoices and estimated that Shen had raked in over NT$30 million in illegal profits.

Prosecutors said that Shen’s firm used to engage in sales of products such as imported fruit pectin, dairy products, chocolates, baking materials, and started to expand imports of such food products in 2005.

Later on, in order to seek sizeable profits, Shen instructed Liu to use a polish remover and other chemicals to clean the date labels and attach new labels to the warehoused out-of-date materials. Then, unbeknownst to the potential buyers, Shen’s company managed to sign contracts with big corporate consumers to place orders with the company for the expired food and baking materials, according to prosecutors.