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. Al Mellen

    China will rule the world someday. What secrets that they do not steal from us, someone will sell them to the Chinese. The world is all about $$$$. Everyday we continue to fight wars while we go deeper in debt. Everyday and in ever way we buy more from the country of China, we are at the point where we have NO choices. Our government and corporate America have basically given our country to China. Unless Americans ever get off from their ass's and DEMAND changes in how we deal with china, if that does not happen, The American flag at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue will be replaced with the flag from China.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle C

      You're an idiot.....

      September 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      Yep. He's an idiot.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yikes

    With China's censorship of the media and for this story to be "officialy released", you can only imagine how bad the real story is over there.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      No worse than any of the "real stories" over here...

      September 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jye

    You morons must've missed the part where this practice was being done illegally, as in, NOT sanctioned by the laws of China. Every country has its criminals. If you think the U.S. doesn't have its share of nasty criminal acts, look again. The practices of a few, do not define a country.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehgann

      Well said.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • doubler

      Consumer protection laws in China = oxymoron.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      As if consumer protection laws in the U.S, are any better. It all boils down to who has the bigger checkbook, now doesn't it? Oxymoron, indeed.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tzvikf

    I wonder if they are selling this recycled oil at Walmart along with all the other Chinese made garbage.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. I dig Asian chicks

    @ jiri pinkas
    OH NO. My wife comes from China.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cazzle


    How may helpa you?

    September 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kathleen

    Gutter oil would be Great bio-diesel or for winter home heating .
    Given the rising cost of fuels , they should be channeled into supplying the auto fuels industry
    ( Away from cooking fuels ) .

    September 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drwelby

    I thought those fries tasted funny...

    September 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    Yep, who needs regulation? Just let the market figure this stuff out! The EPA and FDA are completely useless.


    I know this is in China, but if you don't think that this sort of thing couldn't crop up here without any oversight, you are sorely mistaken.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meki60

    Hey, Gore, a new business line for you, can bubble some freon through it and broker it for diesel fuel.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. parrot


    September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • drwelby

      I believe we produce enough sludge domestically to meet our demand.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Oompa

    In Guangdong they eat anything, dog meat and fetus soup cooked in gutter oil-yum, who could pass it up.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      Yeah, that BK Whopper or McD's Quarter Pounder that you're shoving down your gullet... they're so much less disgusting than dog meat. (not to mention, they last a lot longer if left out)

      September 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oompa

      I'm a healthy eater, so take your fat ass complaints to someone who cares.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      You obviously have comprehension issues. I wasn't referring to the nutritional value, but if you want to get technical, dog meat is a lot more nutritious than a fast-food burger. My point to you was that dog meat is very popular in some cultures, and just because you're too closed-minded to imagine it, you shouldn't knock it.

      September 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oompa

      You are an idiot. China has fast food, China has processed food just like the US. I don't care about some jerk defending dog eating or fetus soup because they think it gives them health benefits. Whatever.

      September 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      What are you, five? Grow up and stop getting all butt hurt over internet comments. Do your children (or future children) a favor and educate yourself about something other than your own little world.

      September 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oompa

      Funny that you keep responding. Lived and traveled all over the world. Only goofballs think think everything is ok because it's another culture and turn their brains off. It is possible to travel and not participate in activities that are not acceptable to me. So get a life and travel outside of your "little world".

      September 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      It's not only funny, it's hilarious! Being a world traveler as you claim to be, doesn't mean you KNOW anything other than your own little world. I've not only traveled the world as a result of my military career, but I've experienced it as well. Try experiencing things that you "don't like". Fetus soup is one thing, but if you've not tried dog, I suggest you do. You may be surprised. Only goofballs think that things in other cultures are not okay, only because of their own closed-minds. I'm now done trolling you. It's been a blast!

      September 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oompa

      "Fetus is soup is one thing" but but why? How close minded of you, why not give it a try then? I actually lived with people from third world countries, I didn't go out with other Americans as a tourists and eat things so I can call my family like a child, 'look ma I ate a dog". Normal people don't eat that stuff it's too expensive. But please continue to spread your ignorance about other countries, it's entertaining.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      You just argue to argue... moron.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      Oh, and yes, normal citizens of those countries DO eat those things. You're not the only one who's lived among those people. And about the fetus soup... yeah, I'm not a cannibal dillhole.

      September 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Too bad they won't let us comment on the Mid East story. I was going to post "It would help a lot if Turkey would stay out of it and stop causing much animosity." But alas.....

    September 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. doubler

    "You morons must've missed the part where this practice was being done illegally, as in, NOT sanctioned by the laws of China." LOL...as if the consumer protection "laws" in China have any teeth behind them.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      ...your point? Doesn't change the truth.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bubba

    Once again, the fine communists of China get caught with their hands in the capitalist cookie jar. Way to go, Mao! You have caught up with us in greed, now it's time for an FDA and an EPA before you are all dead from mercury poisoning.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
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