Some Ukrainian oil extraction plants produce counterfeit oil in huge quantities
According to Comments.ua, in 2015 the European Association of Plant Oil and Fats Producers and Processers stated that Ukrainian oil was counterfeited and that the content of cholesterol in it was 1.94% instead of 0.7%, set by the Alimentarius Code. In some EU countries, the requirements to the content of cholesterol are even tougher (0.5% in the Netherlands). This indicator is higher than permissible in Ukrainian oil because producers add to the oil chicken fat, which is several times cheaper than oil they produce. Fat can be easily found in vegetable oil if its content exceeds 20%, but producers add it in less concentration. It takes up to 50 hours to find fat in vegetable oil by making tests in a laboratory. According to Ukrainian media, fat is most often added to oil when oil is being transported from the plant, but sometimes, it is made just at the oil extraction plant to raise the profitability of the company. As experts say, chicken fat is not toxic and bears no direct threats to the health of human beings, but if added to vegetable oil even in a small volume, it increases the content of cholesterol at least several times. Besides, nobody knows how the fat has been melt before being added to the oil and nobody can control how rich it is in carcinogens. On Ukraine’s market the price for chicken fat has been growing since the beginning of 2017, which means that the demand for this product has been growing too. Experts advise to increase control of the oil production at all its stages and to use express tests to identify chicken fat within 30 minutes. The share of Ukraine’s oil on the global market makes about 14% to 15%. Moldova is one of the importers of Ukraine oil too. // 16.03.2017- InfoMarket.