Chinese authorities nab 32 people for allegedly selling discarded cooking oil dredged from gutters

MSNBC.com reports that Chinese authorities have detained 32 people for "making and selling tons of cooking oil dredged from gutters."

MSNBC.com reports that Chinese authorities have detained 32 people for "making and selling tons of cooking oil dredged from gutters."

 

The report quoted China’s Ministry of Public Security, which posted this statement on its website: "This case, through a difficult process of investigation ... not only struck down a criminal chain of gutter oil producers, but also uncovered hidden details of the offenders’ greedy and unconscionable production of poisonous and harmful cooking oil," the statement said."

 

The report revealed: "Six workshops were closed, including one operated by Jinan Green Bio Oil Co., a business that claimed to be turning kitchen oil into fuel but that was actually churning out recycled cooking oil that it passed off as new." It also pointed out that recycled oil can contain carcinogens and traces of aflatoxin, a potentially deadly mold.

 

This is the latest food safety scandal to hit China. In the past, the country had to deal with tainted milk, bad vinegar, and dangerous candies.

 

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