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Taiwan: "Gutter oil" at supplier to Chang Guann found to contain triple the acceptable level of carcinogenic compound

Author: Lawrence Chung & Phila Siu, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong SAR, China), Published on: 8 September 2014

"Taiwanese firm at centre of 'gutter oil' scandal ordered to pull products", 9 Sept 2014

Taiwan has ordered the cooking oil supplier at the centre of a snowballing food scandal to pull all of its "Chuan Tung" lard oil products from shop shelves, even if they passed food safety tests. The order followed reports that edible oil firm Chang Guann had blended "gutter oil" - illegally produced oil usually made from recycled kitchen waste - with fresh lard oil to produce 782 tonnes of Chuan Tung brand oil... [T]he oil was sold to more than 1,000 food manufacturers, bakeries, restaurants and night markets and used in a huge range of products...The scare has spread to Hong Kong, where Maxim's Group has admitted using Chang Guann oil...The authorities tested three samples from the underground factory in...Pingtung that supplied the product to Chang Guann. Two of those samples had more than triple the acceptable level of benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic compound...[refers to Bafang Yunji]

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