Vietnam says oil sent to Taiwan unfit for humans


HANOI — Vietnam has confirmed that oil exported to one of the companies at the heart of Taiwan’s edible oil scandal was intended for use in animal feed and not fit for human consumption, according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hanoi Monday. The office said that after the scandal erupted, it contacted Vietnam’s Ministry of Trade and Industry for assistance in verifying information related to the exporter, Dai Hanh Phuc, and its oil products.

The ministry replied that Dai Hanh Phuc, located in Hoc Mon, Ho Chi Minh City, received a permit to operate in 2004, and was rated as a very credible company. The company mainly uses fish oil and lard to produce oil products for animal feed that are sold domestically and overseas, and the companies it sources the fish oil and lard from are registered and have certificates of veterinary inspections, the office said. Vietnam’s Ministry of Trade and Industry said Dai Hanh Phuc’s exports to Taiwan have been inspected by Vinacontrol Co., a private certification company in Vietnam, and that the exported oil was only for use in animal feed oil and not for human consumption.

But Ting Hsin Oil & Fat, the company that bought the oil, declared to customs that the oil was fit for human consumption, backed by a Vinacontrol export certificate stating exactly that.

The office said it would further check with Vietnamese authorities to clarify the discrepancy between the information it obtained in Vietnam and the documents presented by Ting Hsin Oil & Fat.

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration has said that Ting Hsin Oil & Fat has imported 3,216 tons of oil from Vietnam since 2012, and none of it may have been suitable for human consumption.