The police suspect that the oil is distributed to fast food centers and push cart holders to make junk food.

Hyd police arrest 4 for extracting oil from animal waste second case this month
news Food safety Friday, January 26, 2018 - 08:14

Yet another racket making edible oil from animal waste was uncovered in Hyderabad with the Hayathnagar police nabbing four persons from the city. 

The police, which found a huge dump of animal waste in Pasumamula village last Sunday, cracked the case within a week.

The police said that the accused were identified as Attan Bhai, the owner of the land, Raheem, who manufactured the edible oil, Matheen, who took care of transport, and Junaid, another accomplice.

The accused used to procure the bones from various slaughterhouses in and around Hyderabad, before extracting the oil, and selling it.  

A case was registered under Sections 420 (Cheating) and 278 (Making atmosphere noxious to health) of the IPC.

However, this is far from the first such case that was uncovered in Hyderabad.

Earlier this month, the Hyderabad police busted an oil adulteration racket with one person arrested by the Mirchowk police, for allegedly extracting oil from animal flesh and bones.

In a press release, the Hyderabad police said, “This is a case of preparation of oil by melting animal waste and illegally extracting and preparing the fat oil with associates, without any valid licenses.”

The police said that the accused had been distributing this oil to fast food centers and push cart holders to make junk food (snacks).

They also said that he had been selling the fat oil to owners of chemical shops, to prepare phenyl and soaps. These products may spread infections and disease.

The Neredmet police in July last year, arrested one person from an illegal piggery in RK Puram, which was involved in extracting oil from pig waste.

The police said that the accused had been illegally slaughtering pigs in the area, and collecting the fat that was excreted by the animal. 

The fat would then be burned, and oil would be extracted. The police added that the accused dumped the remnant carcass after the process, at the RK Puram lake, which had also contributed to the frothing of the water body.

In an appeal to the public earlier this month, ACP Mirchowk, B Anand said, “On behalf of the police, I appeal to the public to not eat any oily food items by the roadside, without verifying if they are using hygienic oil or not.”


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