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Customs authorities search for products with gutter oil

Update: September, 29/2014 - 09:21
Reports of recycled waste oil being found in Taiwanese canned foods have prompted the Customs Department to step up inspections of cooking oil-based products imported from the territory.— Photo vietq

HA NOI (VNS) — Reports of recycled waste oil being found in Taiwanese canned foods have prompted the Customs Department to step up inspections of cooking oil-based products imported from the territory.

Officials will hold imported goods at border gates, only allowing them into Viet Nam if test results meet food safety and hygiene standards.

Earlier this month, the Viet Nam Food Administration (VFA) banned and recalled Taiwanese canned foods that reportedly contained recycled waste oil. Also called gutter oil, the substance contains sludge from gutters, restaurants and other places where grease builds up.

The Ha Noi-based Taipei Economic and Cultural Office told the VFA that Cuu Huong Commerce and Service Company Ltd. in HCM City purchased canned products from Wei-Chuan Food, a Taiwanese company allegedly involved in the gutter oil scandal.

The list of goods reportedly containing the oil included 240 boxes of canned pickled cucumber with pork and 240 boxes of canned minced meat with chili.

An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration in Taipei found that fragrant lard oil produced between March 1 and August 29 could have included gutter oil. — VNS

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