Target: Wei Kuo-yen, Minister of the Taiwanese Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Support the strict regulation of cooking oil waste and recycling
Since the recycling of used cooking oil was not regulated in Taiwan, the country was experiencing numerous scandals in which dirty oil was being resold and inappropriately recycled. The used cooking oil was marketed for human consumption when the oil was actually tainted. Finally, the Taiwanese Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in and enforced the recycling of used cooking oil. Thank Taiwan’s EPA for protecting the health of its people by regulating cooking oil waste and resale.
Dirty oil was resold to restaurants, food suppliers, and consumers. Only 58 percent of the oil waste was collected by authorized recyclers while the rest fell into the hands of unlicensed operators. The new EPA regulation now enforces all cooking waste recyclers to obtain a permit.
From the unregulated oil waste, the food processing company known as Chang Guann became responsible for selling tainted oil. Chang Guann’s oil had been blended with recycled oil, grease, and leather cleaner. Furthermore, some oil was found to be falsely labeled for human consumption when in fact it was strictly for animal use.
Known as “gutter oil,” tainted oil causes diarrhea and abdominal pain. Stomach and liver cancer can result from long-term consumption. Taking effect in January, the EPA’s regulation will ban the exportation of cooking oil waste that has not been approved by the government. By signing this petition, you are thanking the Taiwanese EPA for implementing strict enforcement for recycling cooking oil waste.
Dear Minister Kuo-yen,
Your decision to regulate and implement cooking oil waste and recycling in Taiwan should be applauded. The cooking oil scandal is a disgusting and disturbing incident, as Chang Guann was distributing a blend of oil that was tainted with leather cleaner. I hope the EPA’s decision protects homes, schools, restaurants, and food processors from tainted gutter oil.
Tainted cooking oil is a huge health risk for humans. Diarrhea and abdominal pain are nearly instant effects after consumption, and long-term consumption can cause stomach and liver cancer. I agree with your decision to ban the exportation of cooking oil waste that isn’t approved by the government. Also, with the EPA’s enforcement of permits for oil waste recyclers, the quality of cooking oil in Taiwan should improve.
Thank you for caring about the health of Taiwan citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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