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Premier vows to get tough on recycled waste oil providers

2014/09/08 18:26:40

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) The premier has pledged to punish severely those involved in the making of lard-based oils recovered from kitchen waste, even though they meet food safety standards, according to the latest tests, the Executive Yuan said Monday.

The fact that Kaohsiung-based Chang Guann Co.'s "Chuan Tung" cooking oil is made from recycled kitchen waste constitutes a crime, regardless of whether the resulting products are safe to eat or not, said Sun Lih-chyun, spokesman for the Executive Yuan, citing Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

All affected products must be removed from store shelves immediately, Sun said.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released that day the results of tests on the problematic oils to examine the amount of harmful materials such as heavy metals, aflatoxin and benzene they contain.

The final products of Chuan Tung has passed all national standards, even though their raw materials were found to be too high in acidity and contain too many carcinogens, according to the FDA.

Despite the positive test results for Chuan Tung cooking oil, the poor sources used by the company violate the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, said FDA Deputy Director-General Chiang Yu-mei.

According to the FDA, 235 companies or shops are known to have bought the bogus lard directly from its manufacturer, Chang Guan Co., and have then resold it to 1,012 shops and eateries.

(By Tang Pei-chun, Chen Ching-fang and Lee Hsin-Yin)