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China arrests over 100 suspects for making new-type 'gutter oil'

Beijing, Tue, 03 Apr 2012 ANI

Beijing, Apr 3 (ANI): Chinese police has reportedly arrested over 100 suspects for making a new type of 'gutter oil' by mixing dumped animal fat into edible oil.

'Gutter oil' previously refers to the oil illegally made by reprocessing waste oil or even leftovers from restaurants, and then marketed and re-used as cooking oil.

According to a statement issued by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, the new type was made from dumped animal fat and then reprocessed into edible oil, Xinhua reports.

It noted that the special operation had shut down 13 underground workshop and seized over 3,200 tonnes of such new-type 'gutter oil'.

A separate report from the China Central Television (CCTV) further disclosed that those animal fat was waste fat from slaughter houses including rotten meat and animal viscera.

Several food safety scandals surfaced in 2011, including the 'Gutter oil' and cancer-causing clenbuterol added pig feed to produce lean meat.

In response, China launched a nationwide food safety campaign in August 2011 to clamp down on such illegal practices. (ANI)

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