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Bulk oil production ban in food safety initiative

BULK food oil production in the city is to be banned by the end of this year, as city watchdogs seek to improve safety in the market.

This is part of efforts to crack down on the production of "swill oil" - made from oil and grease ladled from restaurant gutters.

When oil is distributed in bulk containers, it is easier for swill oil to be added.

The local commerce watchdog has ordered local oil manufacturers to shift production modes and replace bulk oil production and supply with bottled ones.

It is easier for watchdogs to supervise the production chain for bottled oil production.

"Bulk sales of food oil allow major channels for the underground market of swill oils," said An Pei, deputy general manager with a local food company.

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau said 246 of the city's 247 oil producers involved in supplying bulk oil have stopped this type of production, as required.

The last manufacturer will complete the shift by the end of the year, said Xu Feng, deputy director with the bureau.

Shanghai is proceeding with having only watchdogs collect restaurant food waste.


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