Friday, July 13, 2012

China Buzz

China Buzz

China exports “gutter oil” to power air planes

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 01:35 PM PDT

China exports gutter oil to power air planes

China’s notorious gutter oil, which is often illegally used by restaurants for cooking and sold in the market as kitchen oil, now may have the best place to serve.

In the middle of July, 2,000 tons of gutter oil will be exported to Holland. A Dutch Airlines there will then refine it into aviation fuel.

Before that, the Dutch company had originally purchased 20 tons of gutter oil from a firm in Qingdao city in last November for further testing and refinement.

It sounds like an exciting news for Chinese people who are concerned food safety on dinning tables.

But, ironically, it is not China’s domestic company that takes the move to turn the toxic waste cooking oil into energy to power the air planes.

There was a report, saying that in the U.S. over 70 percent of waste cooking oil is collected and eventually recycled into fuels, but only 2 percent is collected in China.

Why? A sad fact is that the illegal factories in China can sell waste cooking oil to the market much higher themselves than having it collected by the bio fuel producers. Besides, China does not have advanced technologies as the western countries to support the refinement in the industry.

So, it is still too early for Chinese people to stay easy that the news will help stop gutter oil being served on our dinning tables.

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