Edible Oil in Fuel Tankers: Scandal in China | EUROtoday

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Edible oil transported in the identical tankers used for gasoline and different chemical substances. The scandal runs on Chinese social media after movies exhibiting the apparently not so uncommon unlawful observe.

Chinese regulation doesn’t prohibit the usage of the identical tankers to move fuels and liquid foodstuffs however requires strict hygiene protocols between one load and one other which on this case wouldn’t have been revered.

Scandal relaunched by social media

The Chinese authorities mentioned it will examine allegations which were circulating extensively on social media and web sites. The tankers used to move gasoline have been loaded with meals merchandise, resembling cooking oil and syrup, and weren’t correctly decontaminated, the government-controlled Beijing News reported.

The transport of cooking oil in contaminated tankers was so widespread that it was thought-about an “open secret” within the business, based on one driver quoted by the newspaper.

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The testimonies

Last week, an nameless video from Beijing News confirmed a number of tankers carrying cooking oil. “I carry sugar, honey, molasses, cooking oil, engine lubricant,” one driver mentioned within the video. “I carry everything.” A second truck driver mentioned he doesn’t normally pay the 400-500 yuan ($60-$70) to clean his truck’s tank earlier than altering the fluid.