A total of 134 people in the Chinese province of Shandong were arrested in 2011 for producing and selling ‘gutter oil’, according to China state media agency Xinhua.
To-date 19 people have been prosecuted, including two people convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for producing and selling more than 110 tonnes of the illegally produced oil.
Twelve government officials were also removed from jobs for dereliction of duty, according to Shandong court official Zhou Yuhua.
‘Gutter oil’ is used cooking oil dredged from drains and gutters near to restaurants which is later treated and resold to businesses and consumers.
FoodProductionDaily.com recently reported that nearly 290 people who violated Chinese food safety laws in 2011 were handed sentences including life imprisonment and the death penalty.