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Maker of contaminated food additives receives 13-year prison sentence in Taiwan

October 28, 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Taiwanese man accused of making contaminated food additives was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the Taiwan Banciao District Court on Friday, Focus Taiwan reported.

Chen Cher-hsiung, owner of Pin Han Perfumery Co., was sentenced to 13 years, while his wife Wang Fen, an accountant in the company, was given a 10-year sentence for fraud and violating the Act Governing Food Sanitation.

Prosecutors charged that Chen''s company added the banned plasticizer DINP to its clouding agent — a legal food additive commonly found in fruit juices, jams and sports drinks — to save money and add stability to processed foods and beverages.