By Dr. Bob McCauley
Wei Ying-chung, the former chairman of Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co and Wei Chuan Foods Corp was found guilty of fraud in a tainted oil scandal exposed in 2013. He was also the current Managing Director of Taiwan Good Manufacturing Practices “GMP” since 2011 up to and through the entire scandal. When the Taiwan FDA discovered that the head of Good Manufacturing Practices in Taiwan owned factories that were deliberately selling tainted, recycled cooking oil to the pubic. In fact, the oil quite popular because of it’s low price and was used throughout Taiwan by million of Taiwanese people. Millions of Taiwanese people who trusted that the oil they were purchasing was the best quality. It was completely adulterated and rancid oil. Wei Ying-chung served only two-years in prison for his horrendous crime of poisoning millions of people, victims of his greed while ruining the reputation of GMP Taiwan. GMP literally became a joke to the Taiwanese food industry. The Taiwanese people could not trust their own food supply, meaning the products they found on their own shelves. In short, the fox was guarding the hen house. Several other officials of the Wei Chuan Foods Corp were also imprisoned.
Taiwan subsequently decided to establish an Association that would be better, more thorough, more accountable with higher than GMP called the Taiwan Quality Food Association. It also works more closely with Taiwan FDA, which failed in their regulatory oversight in this matter.
GMP certification has officially been transferred to and managed by TQF (Taiwan Quality Food) Association from Industrial Development Bureau of Ministry of Economic Affair (IDB, MOEA) since June 24th 2015. In the meantime, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) in Taiwan has been improved and renamed as the TQF product certification scheme. TQF is a food safety and quality certification system that incorporates the accreditation surveillance by TAF (Taiwan Accreditation Foundation), a globally recognized accreditation body in Taiwan. Products are certified against the TQF specifications and standards in accordance with the food safety fundamentals (GHP and GMP) and the food safety management plan, the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point). TQF certificate and logo can then be issued to the suppliers in compliance of conformity assessments by TQF recognized certification bodies which are accredited in regard to ISO/IEC 17065. TQF Official Announcement
Here is the new procedures for Taiwan Quality Food Association:
On Oct. 21, 2014, prosecutors indicted Wei, former Ting Hsin Oil and Fat president Chang Mei-feng (常梅峰) and former Wei Chuan president Chang Chiao-hua (張教華), along with several others, on charges of fraud, forgery and violations of food regulations.
Wei was originally sentenced to four years in prison by the Taipei District Court in a first trial in March last year, during which Chang was acquitted and the others were given prison terms ranging from five months to 46 months.
Here is our TQF Certificate: