32 arrested for selling waste cooking oil as new
Chinese police inspect illegal cooking oil, better known as "gutter oil" seized during a crackdown in Beijing last year.
September 13th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

32 arrested for selling waste cooking oil as new

Thirty-two people have been arrested in China for selling cooking oil recovered from gutters behind restaurants, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

China's Ministry of Public Security said it recovered more than 100 tons of the illegal so-called "gutter oil," the report said.

The arrests came after a six-month investigation that spanned 14 provinces, according to Xinhua.

The state-run China Daily, citing a report in the Beijing Times, said the oil comes from restaurant gutters, leftover pieces of pork and poultry fat. It is refined at illegal plants that remove impurities with calcium carbonate and neutralize acidity with alkali.

The oil then is repackaged and sold with customers unable to tell its origins, China Daily reported. Testing at state-run facilities showed some of the oil met safety guidelines, China Daily reported, citing the Beijing Times.

Authorities shut down six underground production sites, Xinhua reported.

Earlier this year, authorities destroyed two illegal cooking oil production facilities in Guangdong province, Xinhua reported in May.

An oil container at one of those plants had sanitary napkins, plastic bags and other garbage in it, according to the Xinhua report.

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    Sanitary napkins found in one of the oil vats....holy deep fried mcnasty Batman!!!!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      anthony boudain's heaven

      September 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • xx4zu1

      This is what we can look forward to with the dismantling of the FDA and elimination of regulation. So vote carefully people.

      September 25, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. David Matthew

    Marge: Homer our son joined the army!
    Homer: Yeah big deal. By the time Bart is eighteen we're gonna control the world… We're China right?

    September 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Glen Beck

    mmm tastes like capitalism

    September 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reg

    Next time you go to a Chinese restaurant be careful. I read many hair elastics, for tying ponytails, were made in China from used condoms. Ethics are quite low in the "factory of the world".

    September 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kam

      Yeah, I'm gonna call B.S. on the used condoms ponytail elastics. Elastics are ridiculously cheap and it's far economical than hunting down used condoms. Furthermore I don't think the material used in either are even the same....

      September 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • 32

      where the hell do you think they would find these used condoms? Is there a giant used condom pit in china I dont know about?

      September 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Even if true, what does it have to do with restaurants?

      September 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oldguy40

    Made and consumed in China. Another reason we need the T-Papers so they can eliminate the FDA and allow these entrepreneurs to do the same here. Yummy! McD's burgers made with gutter oil.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nbat

    When did you last eat at a CHINESE restaurant? Now you know what you could probably have eaten!

    September 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phuck A. Bourdain and Banasy

    JOEY imanidiot- Frazolla!

    September 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Phuck A. Bourdain and Banasy:

    .....and then you woke up.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amanda

    so foul and disgusting. Why do they have to counterfeit everything?? I am so sickened by this. Seriously people???? Sanitary napkins and your making oil out of that??? Dont you have any morals, whatsoever?? I hope you burn in hell. All 32 of you!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Isolationist

    I wonder how much oil like that is sold in the US?

    September 14, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tewrobert

      yeah and what kind of fillers do they use...........?

      September 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tewrobert

    It could have been worse, They could have been selling recycled booze 🙂
    They will probably get the firing squad this week........or sooner

    September 14, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |


    September 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Patrick Richardson

    Wonder how long it will take to get here in one form or another.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oi

    Figures. China is a rat hole. Why do we even do business (and get inferior, dangerous and deadly products) with a communist nation that has a deplorable human rights record and is constantly spying on us, stealing technology and trying to hack into our government and industry servers on a daily basis? And we won't conduct commerce with Cuba? What a joke.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bridget

      I know why, becuase the corporations of America are greedy and if the can sell something for $10 that costs them $3 vs. $7 in the US, they will because it is ALL ABOUT PROFIT...they don't give a crap about the consumers.

      September 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Heloman54

    Look at the end of the stick, That is a yellow Satefy Hat. What else do you expect from a country like China?

    September 17, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
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