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No import of recalled Taiwanese food products: AVA

AVA says Singapore did not import any of the 12 Taiwanese food products made by Wei Chuan Food Corp, that were found to be made with oil recycled from kitchen waste.

SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) confirmed that Singapore does not import food products that have been recalled in Taiwan.

Taiwan's Wei Chuan Food Corps recalled 12 types of products, including its popular pork fibre and meat paste. They were found to have been made with oil recycled from kitchen waste, and the oil is reportedly not fit for human consumption.

Wei Chuan - one of Taiwan's oldest food companies - had sourced the oil from businessmen who had passed it off as lard-based oil, Focus Taiwan reported. It also cited Taiwanese police as saying the oil suppliers had even collected "grease by-products from leather processing plants to market as edible oils".

An AVA spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia in a statement on Friday that "there is no import of Wei Chuan brand oil products, including the implicated pork fibre and meat paste.

"As part of our routine surveillance programme, all food products, including those imported from Taiwan, are regularly monitored and sampled for compliance with our safety standards and requirements. Food products that fail to comply with our safety standards and requirements will not be allowed for sale," the AVA spokesperson said.