New Chinese ‘SMART CHOPSTICKS’ can help detect bad Olive Oil

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Baidu initially released a short video on April 1 this year teasing viewers about chopsticks that could detect gutter oil as an April Fool’s joke.

“There was no serious intention of pursuing it as a product, but it generated quite a bit of buzz. We thought generally it’s kind of quirky and timely considering concerns about food safety in China,” a Baidu representative said.

The representative said the chopsticks it demonstrated this week were just a prototype and the company did not have a plan for distribution.

Nong, the food safety expert, thinks the best way to solve China’s gutter oil problem is for the government to step up its regulatory efforts and figure out how to recycle the oil for industrial purposes.

“When all the used cooking oil is recycled as fuel or other industrial use, there will be nothing left to be sold illegally as edible oil again,” Nong said.
Article sources: Latimes & luxuo

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