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Secret behind Oreo cream stolen, sold to Chinese company

Secret Behind Oreo Cream Stolen, Sold to Chinese Company
The secret behind the cream used in Oreo cookies is worth millions of dollars, and 'Good Morning America' says it's now at the center of an international espionage scandal.

'It's a special formula added to the vanilla cream that makes it the perfect shade of white.'

'Titanium dioxide. DuPont patented it as a way of whitening papers, plastics, paints, and yes, Oreo cream.'

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the best-selling cookie just celebrated its 102nd birthday March 6th, and Nabisco, the maker of Oreos, has been using titanium dioxide in its cookie cream for years.

But now, a federal jury has convicted two American businessmen of stealing and selling the method for making that whitening powder.

Bloomberg says Walter Liew and ex-Dupont engineer Robert Maegerle were found guilty of trade secret theft, economic espionage and witness tampering.

The Verge reports Liew sold the secret titanium dioxide formula to a Chinese company, which had been trying to get its hands on the formula for years and is in the process a building a plant to produce the whitening powder. The company paid Liew $20 million for the formula.

Both men face a minimum of 15 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

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douttfire March 07 2014 at 10:57 PM

Great. Now the Chinese can make them cheaper by substituting the FDA-approved titanium dioxide with melamine, thus increasing the protein levels as well.... dirt bags....anything for a dollar nowadays. I hope they get put in the same cell with Bernie Madoff...they'll have plenty to talk about.

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danjimiez March 07 2014 at 9:14 PM

i say let the people who stole it go to jail and let them get a secret white filling

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robcabob1 danjimiez March 07 2014 at 9:26 PM

I'm glad to see you agree that theft from a corporations means you deserved to get raped. So what about the Corporations that steal from us on a daily basis? Clearly your Corporate!

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natalie danjimiez March 07 2014 at 9:35 PM

it is not nor never has been a secret, it's shortening and sugar...period, oh yeah it may have a little vanilla or something , but all that junk is shortening and sugar.. any cake baker will tell you they put shortening even in butter cream filling and icing, to make it more spedable, nevermind if it kills us. that's what is in the middy of twinkies and hostess cup cakes too~

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RICHIE March 08 2014 at 8:02 AM

o well thats the way a cookie crumbles lol

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Connie RICHIE March 08 2014 at 9:28 AM

Now Rchie, would you be so nonchalant if they sold the secret to Big Mac sauce? :)

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fthom79582 March 08 2014 at 8:14 AM

Is nothing sacred? I hope there is no possibility of parole for these guys. The best cookie in the world pirated by the Chineese, where does it end?

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wllharrington fthom79582 March 08 2014 at 8:45 AM

Next, they will steal the fomula for 'Twinkies'.

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J.T. March 07 2014 at 8:22 PM

Another reason to have no truck with the damned Chinese!

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robcabob1 J.T. March 07 2014 at 9:23 PM

WE stole Way more then the chinese from EVERY country. Should the world cut us off as well?

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R. Carroll March 07 2014 at 8:07 PM

Double Dip Oreo's used to be a lot thicker a few years ago. So what happened? The so called Double Dip Oreo is no longer what it use to be. What do you think?

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RussianBallerina R. Carroll March 07 2014 at 8:50 PM

I think double dip is fine -- anymore titanium dioxide might be bad for us...

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newteam4 March 07 2014 at 8:01 PM

The Chinese are getting away with everything, we are to stupid and allow them to steal our intellectual rights our technology, our inovations that we spend billions on R&D. If we don't put the hammer down on these lying cheating bastards, we will be in deep trouble in the near future. They are a corrupt Gov't even worse then ours and they have no scruples whatsoever. Wake up American Congress if you can.

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nf1stinks newteam4 March 07 2014 at 9:02 PM

America has NO scruples either Pal.... In a round-about way, we are ALL the same.

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carnut122 March 07 2014 at 8:00 PM

Chinese stealing American trade secrets? Say it isn't so.

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tbplayer44 March 07 2014 at 7:59 PM

Thousands in fines? How about at least a 20 Million dollar fine? It appears they are being rewarded them for theft?

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jamaeslthumper March 07 2014 at 7:59 PM

Money has no conscience.

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