Strictly Say No to used oil; Coimbatore gearing towards world record.
Coimbatore district’s Food Safety officials are on a drive to set a new world record by collecting 55 tonnes of used cooking oil for recycling in a month.
By doing so, they will break the record held by Sao Paulo Municipality of Brazil, which collected 50 tonnes in a month in 2019.
The minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ma. Subramanian, who was in the city to participate in the mass handwashing event held at PSGR Krishnammal College for women, in view of Global handwashing day inaugurated the initiative.
He also warned of the hazardous practice of reusing cooking oil, adding that it could lead to various health issues.
Reusing oil can create free radicals that can lead to inflammation and thus diseases. Free radicals attach themselves to healthy cells in the body and may lead to certain health problems.
Reusing oil can also lead to atherosclerosis that can cause an increase in bad cholesterol, leading to blockage in arteries.
The RUCO ( Repurpose Used Cooking Oil) scheme attempts to collect the used oil from bulk users such as hotels and snacks units and redirects it to designated places to be recycled into biodiesel.
Hoteliers Association in Coimbatore and NGOs have come up for the cause to collect used oil from customers using special vehicles.
The minister also urged the hoteliers and residents to cut down on the intake of salt, sugar, and oil to stay healthy. District Food Safety Officer Dr. K. Tamilselvan was also present at the event.
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