EPA tracks only half of Taiwan's waste cooking oil

Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Tuesday that it has been able to track only half of the waste cooking oil that was produced in the country in the past two years.

Amid a food scare over recycled oil, EPA deputy minister Chang Tzi-chin said the agency's 2007 inventory, conducted in line with the Ministry of Economic Affairs' biodiesel policy, found that between 70,000 and 80,000 tons of waste cooking oil is produced annually in Taiwan.

More recently, it said, the volume was about 28,000 tons in 2013 and roughly 24,000 tons in the first eight months of this year. This amount, added to the 10,000 tons exported, means that only half the total has been accounted for, Chang said.