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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Taiwan -- Consumers boycott Ting Hsin products after latest oil scandal
With Ting Hsin International Group (頂新國際集團) implicated in the latest oil scandal, 22 local governments along with citizens have started to act in resistance to Ting Hsin's products, including their famous brand Wei Chuan (味全).
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a five-year prison sentence imposed by a lower court on a former military intelligence officer who was found guilty of spying for China.
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Taiwan will not raise its Ebola control level at the moment, the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday, after the United States reported its first domestic infection of Ebola.
TransAsia Airways, one of Taiwan's smaller carriers, announced changes to its flight schedule on Monday, citing potential danger as a result of Tropical Storm Vongfong, which is expected to hit Japan's main islands later in the day.
Ting Hsin International Group's (頂新集團) buyout of CNK (中嘉), a Multiple System Operator (MSO) of cable television in Taiwan, might not go as smoothly as planned, as banks have decided to temporarily suspend lending to Ting Hsin.
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.
Taiwan's government has decided to halve the import duties on imported lard and pig fat to prevent major price fluctuations in lard-based oils that could soon be in short supply because of a nationwide edible oil scare.
A system recently unveiled by the National Health Insurance Administration can compile information for patients on the medical care they have received over the past year, helping them keep track of their prescriptions and illnesses.
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Monday, October 13, 2014
Taiwan -- Fifth suspect held in latest oil scandal
Late yesterday, Kaohsiung prosecutors obtained court approval for the detention of Cheng-I Food Co.'s (正義食品) upstream oil supplier Lin Ming-Chung (林明忠). Lin is the fifth suspect to be detained over the tainted oil scandal that has rocked the nation.
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The Executive Yuan yesterday announced that approval for hiking the minimum wage has been completed this year and more measures to safeguard the interests of Taiwan's labor force will soon follow, promising to “do all it can,” including toughening laws and punishing “black-hearted” entrepreneurs, to restore people's confidence in the nation's food safety system.
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