52 held in China over `gutter oil`

Fifty-two were arrested in China for selling cooking oil made from the leftovers collected from restaurant gutters.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 21:23 PM IST

Beijing: Fifty-two people were arrested in China for selling cooking oil made from the leftovers collected from restaurant gutters, a media report said Tuesday.

They were held in Jiangxi province.

Over 2,000 tonnes of gutter oil were produced illegally in the province`s Nanchang county since 2010, police said.

The manufacturers sell the oil to wholesale firms which then supply it to markets and restaurants, China Daily reported.

China had launched a nationwide campaign against the sale of gutter oil in August. By November, over 700 people involved in the illegal business were detained in 28 provinces and municipalities, officials said.

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