Chinese health authorities will conduct sudden inspections on
local restaurants' edible oil, especially in small and medium
restaurants and dining halls in construction sites, China News
Service reported today.
The Ministry of Health yesterday issued an emergency notice to
kick off the sudden inspections, after the Zhejiang health
department seized 16,500 kilograms of unfit oil in an edible oil
plant last month.
The ministry said local authorities should launch quick
inspections to determine the chemical composition of edible
If the result shows that the oil's acidity or peroxide value
exceeds the standard, a sample of the oil should be sent to the
local disease control and prevention center or inspection
organization for further testing.
The local authority will then trace the source of the inferior
edible oil if its components seriously exceed standards.
A plant in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province was found refining edible
oil from eatery scraps and the grease in sewers, an earlier report
The city's heath department checked the plant and found the
ingredients of the oil severely violate China's criteria, which may
cause food poisoning and cancer among people who eat it, according
to the health authority.
Zhejiang provincial health department has urged its local
agencies to launch raids in their precincts to track down the
(Shanghai Daily September 1, 2006)