There is absolutely no doubt that the Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to bring the country's food industry to order, but they are facing a daunting task. We take a look at best-known scandals that have rocked consumers so far this year
In January, members of a gang that harvested used cooking oil from drains, old cans and sewers were given punishments of five and 15 years in prison, and a suspended death sentence.
The court, in eastern China, said the so-called “gutter-oil” scheme netted the gang more than $8m in sales over a period of years. Starting in 2006, the trio began selling dirty cooking oil to 17 dealers in two highly populated provinces.
The penalties led many incensed Chinese consumers to call for stricter sentencing, especially as gutter oil often contains carcinogens and unpleasant bacteria.
Although there is still no China-wide standard for edible oils, analysts say the use of gutter oil is dropping in Chinese kitchens.
Pic taken from widespread internet shots
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