Hong Kong is stepping up plans to regulate the recycling of oil waste amid criticism it has been too slow to respond to the latest food scandal.
These include a ban on raw materials used to make second-hand oil products, a tracking system for the export and import of edible oil and a plan to require restaurants to dispose of oil waste only to licensed recycling companies, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.
The move follows findings that 543 Hong Kong retailers and distributors have sold cooking oil made by Chang Guann, a Taiwam company in the center of a scandal involving recycled oil.
A Hong Kong oil maker, Po Yuen Grease Co., was found to have supplied the “gutter oil” to Chang Guann, which then distributed the product to bakeries and restaurants in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the report said.
The proposed measures were unveiled after a meeting between Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man and Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing on Wednesday.
A public public consultation on the proposal will be held later this year, the report said.
Lawmaker Wu Chi-wai, who joined critics of the government’s response to the scandal, wants all oil recycling firms placed under a licensing system immediately, saying the relevant legislation will take time.
Some waste oil recycling companies support the idea which they say will help lower prices, the report said.
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