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. El PAsoan1

    Check Please!!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    Ewwwwwwwww!! Well get used to it. This is what we'll have going on when Ron Paul gets rid of the FDA.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in NOLA

      When Ron Paul wins we will have Oil Recycling industry will be allowed to flourish, do you honestly believe that this doesn't happen in America today ?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JENNY

      OMG no kidding and you know, I didn't even have to LOOK and knew China had something to do with that. Hello poisonous Pixo toys (and any other toy that comes from China). However the FDA is bypassed anyway with most things. We no longer have standards in this country.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sara

    Being that it's Chine perhaps you could use your smarty pants to figure out a GOOD use for the old oil! Like to run your cars????

    September 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sara

    Being that it's China perhaps you could use your smarty pants to figure out a GOOD use for the old oil! Like to run your cars????

    September 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Duane

    I thought I saw Fido's tail floating in there....

    September 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doug

    I LOVE – Each time you think China can't find a way to sink any lower, they raise the bar.

    Let's see first it was killing little girl babies in rice patties.
    Then it's finding ways to put lead in baby chew toys
    Then it was adding a Milk additive which caused cancer in order to sell more milk.
    And now cooking oil....

    You got to love the Chineese, they have found a way to keep their countries enconmy strong. If only Obama could learn from them.

    Also why did it take 6 months to crack the dirty oil ring.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nah

    No surprise; they're all about cheating, shortcuts, piracy, intellectual theft, and no standards.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • savana

      This article is about China, not INDIA 😮

      September 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bugmenot

    I know wassup. It's done to cover the gamey taste of the city chicken.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. boogietime

    Lovely China. And why do we want free trade with these barbarians again? Are we that blind? tax incoming Chinese goods 300% and I can guarantee the quality will go up.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tron

    they don't eat this stuff. They use it to make food to send to the U.S.(everybody loves us, remember)?

    September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. willie

    Look at the oil used in American fast food chains. It's not any better. There should be a law requiring them to change it daily.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kung pao kitty

    in other news, 32 restaurants in china are busted for serving feline as chicken...

    September 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      That's not chicken in your chicken chow mein.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugmenot

      Tastes great !

      September 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Narrow Escape

      "Mittens, why are you shaking and covered in soy sauce?"

      September 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Is Tom Brady even human?

    Is this the secret that makes Chinese food taste so good?

    September 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugmenot

      Ain't nothin' like that Chine feline....... reminds me of kimche.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr. Recycle

    What... if we can use advanced filtering solutions on reclaimed water from sewage treatment plants, we can sell it as bottled water. There is no monitoring from the FDA on bottled water, right?! I need to start building my underground water bottling company. Muahahahaha

    September 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugmenot

      I got yer bottled water...........fresher than tap.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scared

    the same things will happen here when the Tea party morons force deregulation and remove oversight from the food industry.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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