‘For con­sumers, very dif­fi­cult to tell the dif­fer­ence ’


IF the cooking oil you bought has a lot of bub­bles when it is poured out of its con­tainer or its colour is dull and not clear, chances are that it is re­cy­cled, which is harm­ful to health.

Malaysian Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion and Wel­fare Board deputy pres­i­dent Dr Lee Nam Sang said apart from the two tell­tale signs, it is very dif­fi­cult for con­sumers to tell the dif­fer­ence with the gen­uine prod­uct, China Press re­ported yes­ter­day.

He said con­sumers should be­come sus­pi­cious of the qual­ity of the oil used if food tastes dif­fer­ent from usual. There is a good chance that it is a re­cy­cled prod­uct, he said.

Lee was asked by the daily for tell-tale signs of re­cy­cled cooking oil fol­low­ing re­ports that it has been sold in the mar­ket as fresh cooking oil.

He said it is dif­fi­cult to tell if a packet of cooking is fresh or re­cy­cled just by look­ing at it.

It is also dif­fi­cult to iden­tify re­cy­cled oil by its smell, he lamented, adding that syn­di­cates in­volved in re­cy­cling cooking oil can con the pub­lic by do­ing a good job pack­ag­ing it.

“What we can do is to be ex­tra care­ful when we pur­chase cooking oil,” he said.

Asked to com­ment on the in­sis­tence of the en­force­ment di­vi­sion of the Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry that there is no re­cy­cled cooking oil in the mar­ket, Lee said it in­deed has been around for some time.

“We do not re­ceive com­plaints about re­cy­cled cooking oil be­cause con­sumers can’t tell the dif­fer­ences be­tween fresh and re­cy­cled oil.”

Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry en­force­ment direc­tor Mohd Roslan Ma­hayudin had told China Press that the min­istry had not re­ceived any re­port of re­cy­cled cooking oil be­ing passed off as fresh prod­uct.

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