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China Media Revealed Contamination of Edible Oils with Residual Chemical Oils in Tanker Truck Transport

Media investigation revealed a disturbing issue of mixed use of tanker trucks for edible oils and chemical oils. Some trucks don't even clean their tanks between different shipments, leading to contamination of edible oils with residual chemicals in tanker truck transport.

BJNews recently conducted an investigation into the irregularities in tanker truck transport, uncovering a disturbing issue of mixed use of tanker trucks for edible oils and chemical oils. Some tanker trucks, which transport consumable liquids like syrup and soybean oil, are also used to carry chemical substances such as coal-based oil. To cut costs, some trucks don't even clean their tanks between different transport, leading to contamination of edible oils with residual chemicals. This incident has ignited public outrage.

The investigation implicated Hope Full Grain & Oil Group and Sinograin Oils & Fats (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. Reports indicate that tanker trucks, after unloading coal-based oil, loaded soybean oil at the production facilities of these two enterprises without cleaning tanks. Following the incident, Sinograin announced a comprehensive inspection of grain and oil transport tools, stating that any violations will be dealt with seriously. Hope Full stated that the implicated tanker trucks were not owned by them and that bulk oil sold by the enterprise is picked up by customers themselves.

The two enterprises are midstream in the edible oils industry, involved in production and processing. Recipients of these implicated oils have not yet been disclosed. Open information reveals that many of their downstream clients are in the catering supply chain business

Local market regulation authorities have launched investigations. According to Article 33, Paragraph 1, Item 6 of the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, containers, tools, and equipment used for storing, transporting, loading, and unloading food must be safe, harmless, clean, and prevent food contamination. They must also meet the specific requirements for temperature, humidity, and other conditions necessary to ensure food safety. Food must not be stored or transported with toxic or harmful substances. In addition, the Regulations on Bulk Transport of Edible Vegetable Oil stipulates that dedicated containers must be used for transporting edible vegetable oil, and non-edible oil tankers and containers are prohibited.

ChemLinked will provide updates once the official investigation results are released.

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