Jiangsu court jails sellers of ‘cooking oil’ made from gutter waste
Lianyungang court jails one man for life and more than a dozen for to up to 15 years for producing and selling cooking oil made from gutter waste
Reuters in Shanghai
A Chinese court on Wednesday jailed one man for life and sentenced more than a dozen to up to 15 years in jail for producing and selling cooking oil made from gutter waste, the latest food safety scandal to fuel public mistrust.
The Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Lianyungang, 480 km north of Shanghai, found the defendants guilty of making and trafficking in the “poisonous, harmful” oil between January 2011 and March last year, it said on its website.
The product, made from waste oil and “meat-product waste”, known in China as “gutter oil”, was sold to processors in at least four provinces or provincial-level cities, including Beijing, it said. In 2011 and last year Wang’s company, Kangrun, made more than 60 million yuan (US$9.80 million) selling the oil.