Po Yuen Grease Co., a Hong Kong-based oil maker, admitted on Tuesday that it supplied 87 metric tons of industrial lard in March to a local trading firm, which then exported the product to Taiwan’s Chang Guann Co., Ming Pao Daily reported.
Chang Guann, which is based in Kaohsiung, is at the center of a recycled-oil scandal as it was found to have sold waste oil to bakeries and restaurants in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Dr. Ho Yuk-yin, a consultant at Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety, said Tuesday that the owner of the Hong Kong trading company has admitted that it had procured the lard from Po Yuen. The food safety watchdog is now trying to confirm whether the lard supplied by Po Yuan is edible.
An investigation by Ming Pao found that the owners of the trading firm and Chang Guan set up a venture in Hong Kong three years ago.
While the owner of Po Yuen said it did sell the lard for industrial use to the trading firm, he claimed that he had no idea where the lard ended up. But he said the price was 20-30 percent cheaper than edible lard as it was made by recycling concentrated paste of waste lard and processing it.
The owner said his plant produced about 300 metric tons of industrial lard per month, half of which was then sold to feed makers and bio-diesel makers in Taiwan. He declined to reveal where the other half went.
Meanwhile, Ho said the Food Safety Center, which is currently assisting Taiwan authorities in investigating the links between Chang Guann and Hong Kong buyers and suppliers, has received confirmation from Taiwan officials that the lard exported to Hong Kong buyers by Chang Guann was different from the recycled types found in Taiwan, and that it was not adulterated.
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