China to investigate cooking oil contamination claims

The Chinese government says it will investigate allegations that fuel tankers have been used to transport cooking oil after carrying toxic chemicals without being cleaned properly between loads.


The controversy has spread online as social media users express concerns about potential food contamination.


Tankers used for transporting fuel were found to be carrying food products, like cooking oil and syrup, and were not decontaminated correctly, according to state-run Beijing News.


Transporting cooking oil in contaminated fuel trucks was said to have been so widespread it was considered an “open secret” in the industry, according to one driver quoted by the newspaper.


The case is the latest blow to public trust in the Chinese government’s ability to enforce food safety standards.


The controversy has been the top trending topic on Chinese social media in recent days.


On social media platform, Weibo, there have been tens of thousands of posts about the scandal, which have racked up millions of views.


“Food safety is the most important issue,” a comment liked more than 8,000 times said.


Another comment said: “As an ordinary person, surviving in this world itself is an amazing thing already.”


Many compared it to the 2008 Sanlu milk scandal, in which some 300,000 children became sick and at least six died after drinking powdered milk contaminated with high levels of the industrial chemical melamine.

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