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Restaurant owners jailed for using swill oil

Two Shanghai restaurant owners were sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined 200,000 yuan (US$32,000) each for using swill oil in food, the Huangpu District Court ruled today.
Zheng Pin, the 38-year-old owner of Fula Hotpot Restaurant in downtown Yandang Road, was punished for recycling oil from hotpot leftovers. His nephew, a cook, was jailed for one year and fined 2,000 yuan for making new soups by recycled oil.
In a separate case, Yu Zhengjiang, who operated the Zhengjiang Sichuan Restaurant on Songshan Road, used recycled oil to make dishes such as roasted fish.
Yu's employee Yang Caiyou was given a 15-month jail term and fined 2,000 yuan for processing waste oil.
Under the Chinese Criminal Law, those who produce or sell harmful and poisonous food can be sentenced up to five years in prison, in addition to fines.


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