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. RogueX

    "sanitary napkins".............. ewwwwwwwwwwwwww Chinese are known to cut corners and I'm sure they do the same in the US. So what are the Chinese restaurants doing here in the US to save money?????????????

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

      And we import how much stuff from China, our most favored Trade Nation made so by the Democratic President Clinton? Remember it was a payback to Sam Walton of Walmart for his campaing contributions. Look around at Walmart and try to find over half of the stuff that is not of chinese manufacture. Now imagine the Chinese here squeezing every drop out of the sanatary napkins to put in your cooking oil that you purchase at Walmart!

      September 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. geoz

    I don't trust China.
    I want us to stop buying their ****. I want to stop buying oil from elsewhere too.
    Come on Congress ... do SOMETHING.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Baloney

      Congress IS doing something...taking naps and vacationing. Dem's and Rep's all a bunch of losers!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Baloney

      I like how they use a old hardhat as their ladel.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conky2012

      Our products poison us more then China's do. I forgot, most of you probably don't even know that. Yay lets have more estrogen in males, go go go go plastic!

      September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Amen

      September 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      They are doing something, raping American.

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

      Why are we waiting for congress to do something? Just don't buy products from China. It is time for Americans to start taking individual action and not waiting on the government. (I am not talking vigilantism.)

      September 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ak

      Yes; actively working to close FDA( Food & Drug administration); so you will never know what's in the imported oil. Let private companies, write their own rules.

      No government, no regulations, means more investments and more jobs in USA; Do you need a job or a better cooking oil?

      September 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Something has to GIVE

      I'm with Art. STOP buying from China...no sales means no market, no market means they will keep their substandard products elsewhere!

      September 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. robert

    if we do not use UNREFINED cooking oil it does not make much difference if we buy regular oil or the illegal stuff they are talking about here.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    *vomits*

    September 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Puddytat

      nasty stuff!!! 1st lead in paint and a whole host of kids toys (toxic), then they stretched their milk with harmful chemicals(toxic), now taking old oil from gutters and 'refining' it?!?!?!?!? What is the deal with these people. Sure they're ingenious but their ideas are always nasty. yuk!

      September 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tony Baloney

    Nasty. China continues to amaze with their gross practices.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mikeg

    Haha - does Walmart sell Chinese made cooking oil?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rachal Madcow

    Why is this news? Next time fix the headline to read ".....IN CHINA" so I don't open it.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Uniquitous

    Are they CRAZY, they could get a bunch more money using it to make BIODIESEL. Just goes to show, they can not innovate, just repackage the same ol stuff and play it off like it is something new. LOL

    September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Groundskeeper Willy

    Nooooo!!!! my retirement grease!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. knobrubber

    in the photo the "official" is stirring the oil with a hard hat that's strapped to an old broom handle

    September 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Well, well..

    This is a shame. Is anything off limits nowadays?? Nasty as all h*ll.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Hey, they're just doing the "liberal" thing and doing all they can to recycle. After all it is the hip thing to do nowadays.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ralph w

    gross national product?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    China. OK.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stephanie

    The chinese have learned from the americans, they just don't have any morals at all. No soul, like bankers, lawyers and politicians.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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