Is used oil being recirculated; Inspection held in state

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Kannur: The food security department has started inspection to find out what restaurants in the state are doing with the used oil. There are agencies that collects used oils. Most of them use it for preparing biodiesel. However, the officials doubt whether they are being re-circulated as oil in new packages.

The inspection is not restricted to hotels. The full journey, from eateries to the processing units, will be covered by the agency. They will be checking how much restaurants are getting for the used oil. It varies from Rs 40 to Rs 60 per kg. Biodiesel costs Rs 80 per litre.

Fried chicken stores consume more oil compared to others.

As many as 19 shops in Kannur have already been inspected. The total polar compound of the oil is tested using the TPC metre. If it is above 25, it is dangerous. Officials said that the initial tests did not detect oils above the limit.

Food safety commissioner VR Vinod Kumar said that the inspection is progressing and more restaurants will be checked in the coming days.

Meanwhile, there are moves to entrust Kudumbashree to handle collection of oil. The heated oil turns harmful to the human body after a certain point. Hence, controlling its use is essential.

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