College claims hogwash oil dredge up was lawful, safe

08:58, December 24, 2010      

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By Jin Jianyu

Chongqing University of Post and Telecommunications claimed that the "hogwash oil" collection from the sewer in their university was legal after a student video on this procedure was widely spread online and triggered nationwide concern over food safety at the university canteens, Chongqing Evening Post reported Tuesday.

Hogwash oil is refined, inedible waste cooking oil of poor quality and unsanitary. It contains toxins and can cause serious illness, report said.

According to the report, an unidentified student uploaded the video with the university's College of Mobile Telecommunications on December 16 to the youku.com, one of the most popular video websites in China.

In the video, two men were seen scooping the hogwash oil into two large plastic barrels from a sewer under the school sidewalk.

Besides the sewer was the university canteen. More than 14,000 people who watched the video expressed over whether the waste oil got back into the food chain.

The college's deputy director surnamed Yin was reported as saying that the collection was lawful. Yin said the two men in the video were from Shenghua Waste Oil Disposal Station, which was licensed by the local administration for industry and commerce and environmental protection bureau.

In 2008, the university canteen built an oil-separating tank and signed an agreement with the station to clear and recycle regularly the waste in the oil-separating tank to avoid the reuse of hogwash oil in the restaurants, the report said.

"The waste oil in the video was only a regular recycling process and had nothing special to do with the university canteen," Yin said.

An employee surnamed Wu of Shenhua Station also said that they recently did send two staff members to the college to collect the waste for refining.

Wu said they needed to report the whereabouts of the recycling oil regularly to the district environment protection bureau and promised the waste oil would not be reused in the restaurants, the report said.

By Jin Jianyu Source: Global Times
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