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Something's cooking for biofuel gutter oil (6)

By  Xie Yu and Wang Hongyi  (China Daily)

09:21, December 15, 2011

New strategy

In a bid to prevent restaurants from selling waste oil to illegal collectors, the authorities in Shanghai have drawn up a new strategy allowing oil-processing companies to collect the raw materials directly.

"Under the plan, the number of intermediate links are reduced, thus cutting out some of the collectors who sell the waste oil to illegal companies," said Gu Zhenhua, deputy director of the Shanghai Food Safety Office.

The plan is part of the city's latest move to crack down on the recycling of gutter oil and prevent it from returning to the city's dining tables. "The oil processing companies are responsible for the whole chain of collecting, transporting and processing the waste oil," said Gu.

Under the new regulation, all restaurants in the city are required to install machinery designed to prevent the waste oil from entering the city sewers. This equipment eradicates the possibility of underground gangs collecting the oil at source by separating the oil and grease from the waste water before it enters the sewerage system. The installation of the new machinery is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

However, while the cities are cleaning up their acts, Zhao Feng plans to carry on working as long as he can. For him, gutter oil means survival: "It's smelly work and it's tiring, but it makes me a lot of money and does a lot of good for the city".

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Sam Teng at 2011-12-16175.136.52.*
Biofuel gutter oil should not be used for cooking purposes because of its harmful effects on health of human. The Chinese government should make it illegal for manufacturers to sell recycled oil for human consumption, and should take legal action against errant manufacturers.The oil, if used repeatedly, could lead to hypertension, damage to the liver and a potential cause of cancer.The Chinese government should set a minimum standard for cooking oil so that errant manufacturers cannot escape legal action.

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