Thursday, July 12, 2007

Caution!! Beijing steamed buns, "Baozi" include cardboard!!!

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Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state television said.

The report, aired late Wednesday on China Central Television, highlights the country's problems with food safety despite government efforts to improve the situation.

State TV's undercover investigation features the shirtless, shorts-clad maker of the buns, called baozi, explaining the contents of the product sold in Beijing's sprawling Chaoyang district.

Squares of cardboard picked from the ground are first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda , a chemical base commonly used in manufacturing paper and soap , then chopped into tiny morsels with a cleaver. Fatty pork and powdered seasoning are stirred in. Soon, steaming servings of the buns appear on the screen.

The police eventually showed up and shut down the operation. Link, video

A Chinese man has been accused of stuffing his dumplings with cardboard after being secretly filmed making them.

Updated on July 18, 2007.

Reporter held for cardboard buns hoax

Beijing Television last night apologised to the public during an evening news broadcast. The newscaster said the station was 'profoundly sorry' for the fake report and its 'vile impact on society'. They said the creator of the fake news report - identified only by his surname, Zi - had been detained by police but did not say when.

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