Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, January 12, 2004 at 6:28 PM
Interfax reports that media exposure has forced the government to respond to a scandal about soy sauce that was being made from human hair:
"The Chinese government has shown an unusually high level of concern as a result of a bold media exposure towards a scandal in which human hair was used to make soy sauce. The government has now ordered an immediate inspection of all domestic food seasoning plants before the end of January.
China Central Television (CCTV), the state television station, first raised public worries over the quality of domestic soy sauce by uncovering a substandard workshop in central China's Hubei Province, where piles of waste human hair were found. The hairs were treated in special containers to distill amino acid, the most common substance contained in soybean sauce.
Human hair is rich in protein content, just like soybean, wheat and bran, the conventional and legally accepted raw ingredients for the production of soy sauce."
The full report is here. Delicious.
UPDATE: Sinosplice has more details and links, and warns you to stay away from Hong Shuai brand soy sauce.
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