China trial opens over $10 million cooking oil scam
BEIJING (AFP) - A total of 16 people have gone on trial in China accused of a US$10 million (S$12.7 million)scam which saw waste from animal parts used to make cooking oil, state media reported on Tuesday.
The suspects allegedly used waste oil from the fat of chickens, ducks, pigs, cattle and foxes, as well as fox fur, chicken feathers, and "leftover pieces of offal and poultry", the China Daily said.
It is the latest case to highlight poor food safety standards in China, a growing source of anger for many.
The China Daily said it was the biggest case since the country streamlined its laws to target such practices in May, and quoted food safety experts saying the oil could destroy the digestive tract.