Taiwan regressing in biofuel, waste oil policy

At a time when most industrialized countries have found bright solutions for dealing with waste cooking oil, Taiwan seems to be stuck in the dark ages, with unethical businesses showing that they are willing to illegally repurpose such oil for human consumption to earn more money at the expense of public health.

This year, one of the nation’s largest culinary oil manufacturers, Chang Guann Co (強冠企業), was caught selling lard oil products mixed with oil recycled from kitchen and industrial waste. Many have blamed the lack of oversight in the industry on the government’s lax enforcement of regulations.