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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  1. MP

    See, when they resell crap in China, they get arrested. When the ship crap to the US, the Chinese let it go!
    Defective drywall, lead-tainted toys & other products, chemical-laden pet and other foods and who knows what else we haven't caught yet!

    September 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • karma sutra

      yea, China was also responsible for excrement laced Salmonella peanut butter produced in USA, excrement laced E Coli burger meat in usa, 50 million Salmonella laced eggs too.

      September 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • jiri pinkas

      DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN YOUR MOUTH THAT COMES FROM CHINA. WASH ALL MATERIAL THAT COMES FROM CHINA
      BEFORE WEARING. DO NOT BUY ANY CHILDRENS TOYS THAT COME FROM CHINA. DO NOT BUY ANYTHING THAT
      COMES FROM CHINA GOT IT!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Not me above.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    No more going to those chinnese chicken joints or chinnese resturants for me.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • robert

      this is in China, not here you goof.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      How do you know where "s kel" is? People speak English and live in a lot of countries other than yours...

      September 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    Hey Scottish Mama, how are you?

    September 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. gotthumbs

    Bio-diesel resource being wasted.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    I think people are missing some of the content... they were reclaiming the used oil and relabeling it as NEW cooking oil. Cooking oil... not recycling used oil into engines or something else. Cooking- would you want to fry up your eggrolls with a maxi-pad and plastic bags in it? I would hope not- YUCK.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (ELF SLAYER & PURPLE KUSH SMOKER , )

    S kel hey dude. I think that's one of Mama's trolls . .

    September 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. John Smyth

    Greedy.

    They could turn it into diesel fuel and the government would probably want them to issue an IPO.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nick

    I can't wait for deregulation in the US.

    September 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • CJA

      Vote Republican. We don't want to be like communist China that has "regulations" like this. Look what happened: A business that was providing a wanted service was shut down and 32 people put out of work. This is a perfect example of gross over regulation the kills jobs. Let the free market work. Remove all those job-killing "regulations".

      September 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (ELF SLAYER & PURPLE KUSH SMOKER , )

    Just washed and waxed my green camero...

    September 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Great Mao

    Hey, this is china. Want some plastic in your baby formula?

    September 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. PaulBocuse

    So that's where the unique perfumes of chinese cooking come from !

    September 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Fupped Duck

    Ancient Chinese secret huh?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dill Weed

    China executes some people for corruption.

    The individuals at the top seem good candidates.

    A bgi stool doesn't always mean a clogged toilet.

    Palin Bachmann 2012

    September 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • lindalou

      Yeah! Palin/Bachman..what are you trying to insure Obama gets a second term or what!

      September 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Oompa

    Since when are the Chinese picky about what they eat?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
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