Chinese brands withdraw their oil from the domestic market after tanker truck scandal

Chinese brands withdraw their oil from the domestic market after tanker truck scandal
Chinese brands withdraw their oil from the domestic market after tanker truck scandal

Beijing, Jul 9 (EFE).- Several Chinese cooking oil brands have decided to withdraw some of their products from sale in China following a scandal involving the improper use of tanker trucks transporting the substance, local digital newspaper The Paper reported Tuesday.

According to a report by state media on Monday, these vehicles, which are usually used to transport chemical liquids such as coal oil or gasoline, were also reportedly used to transport cooking oil without properly cleaning their tanks beforehand.

State media has pointed to companies such as Sinograin and Hui Fu Grain and Oil Group as being responsible for the practice.

As a result of the complaints, some cooking oil brands, such as Jinding and Hui Fu, began showing their products as out of stock on e-commerce platforms in the Asian giant such as Taobao and JD, and several supermarkets decided to remove goods linked to these companies from their shelves.

However, the companies involved have stated in various statements that all their products comply with national food safety standards.

Given the magnitude of the controversy, Sinograin, the parent company of several of the companies in question, has launched investigations into its subsidiaries.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has called the practice of using contaminated tankers to transport cooking oil a “poisoning” of consumers, urging them to choose well-known brands and avoid low-quality products in the face of “flagrant violations of food law.”

The incident has revived concerns about food safety in China, an issue that has already been the subject of scandals in the past, such as the sale of baby milk adulterated with melamine in 2008. EFE

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