Recycled cooking oil scandal in Taiwan

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The tainted oil sold to commercial food establishments are made from cooking oil collected from cookers, fryers, and grease traps, as well as recycled grease from leather processing plants.

Chiu Wen-ta, head of Taiawn’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, tendered his resignation Friday to take responsibility for the recent recycled oil scandal that has hurt consumer confidence and many businesses.

He said that he does not intend to cling onto the post after the recent scandal in which oil extracted from kitchen waste and other substandard sources from an underground factory were processed into lard-based oil and sold all over Taiwan.

More than 1,000 restaurants, bakeries or other businesses unknowingly used the oil or products made from it. The scandal has hurt consumer confidence and caused sales to drop severely for many businesses.

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