One in 10 Chinese restaurants use poisonous waste oil for cooking

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One in 10 Chinese restaurants use poisonous waste oil for cooking

A recent student investigation in Wuhan has revealed 2-3 million tons of swill oil, usually sold as pig feed ends up in take away meals each year.

This is not recycled cooking oil (as in the proper way), but stuff from the country's drains and gutters treated to look like edible cooking oil in a lucrative night-time operation. One of the components of this swill oil is aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen.

This 'distilled sewage' is then sold on, and the study estimates one in 10 of China's restaurants use it to cook their food. Diners might be torn on what to find more disturbing -- the thought of consuming swill oil or the fact that this illicit practice has been an ‘open secret’ in the food industry for some time.

Kind of makes the other bad-food story to have emerged recently, that of a dodgy dealer in White Rabbit Creamy Candy selling tons of product that was five years past its expiry date, look rather tame and fluffy in comparison.

Read more:  http://www.cnngo.com/shangh...

 http://www.chinadaily.com.c...

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By netchicken: posted on 23-3-2010








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