‘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.