Hong Kong(July 17, 2017): The Consumer Council tested 60 types of edible oil from various brands and found 46 samples contained the toxic carcinogen glycidol.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has found that glycidol is “probably carcinogenic to humans”. There are no safe levels set for it anywhere in the world.
For cooking oils sold in Hong Kong, there are currently no safety standards. The government said legislation would be presented in the wake of the Taiwan gutter oil scandal in 2014, but that still has not been unveiled.
“Cooking oils are common ingredients, and can be consumed through different sources,” Professor Michael Hui King-man, chairman of the Consumer Council’s publicity and community relations committee, said.
The council also found 41 samples to contain phthalates – chemicals that act as a binding agent and make plastics more flexible.