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Business busted for selling recycled oils for human consumption
Central News Agency
2014-09-04 03:31 PM
Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Up to 200 tons of oils recycled from kitchen waste and even by-products of leather processing plants have been sold for human consumption in southern Taiwan over the past year, police said Thursday. The revelation came as the southern Taiwan unit of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) found a ring of six people has been running illegal oil-making business at over a dozen locations in Kaohsiung City and neighboring Pintung County. Kuo Lieh-cheng and five others allegedly use an unlicensed waste processing company as a front and engage in the collection of oils meant for recycling for use other than human consumption, according to the police. They also collect kitchen waste and grease from leather processing plants and turn them into edible oils. In a case similar to the "gutter oil" scandal in China, while most of their products have been sold as material to make animal feed, up to 200 tons have gone to well-established oil suppliers such as Chang Guann Co., which has used oils provided by Kuo to make products sold as lard-based oils. Kuo and his partners should be held responsible for producing the questionable oils, the bureau said, adding that substandard oils made by the company between March 1 and Aug. 29 this year have been removed from store shelves. Both Chuan Guann and Chin Wei Co., which used the questionable material to make pig feed, claimed they have been victimized, saying they did not know where the material of the oils they purchased came from. Those involved in the criminal activity could be fined between NT$60,000 (US$2,000) and NT$50 million (US$1.6 million), said the police, who have collected evidence that includes 17 oil tanks and 91 barrels of oil from Kuo's business. (By Liu Chien-pang, Chen Cho-fu and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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