A news report out of China is indicated that you can find "cardboard-stuffed dumplings" for on sale in the streets of Beijing. According to the story Cardboard dumplings on China's toxic menu:
An expose by undercover TV reporters showed how the unnamed man made the dumplings by softening shredded coardboard strips in caustic soda, an industrial chemical, and fortifying the bogus meat with a bit of fatty pork.
The merchant told the reporters that most customers noticed nothing wrong in eating the dumplings, known as "baozi".
I read that the undercover reporter caught the workers picking the cardboard off dirty floors before turning it into dumplings. Aparently they also make fake eggs in China - don't ask me what's in them, though.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 18, 2007, at 10:22 AM by tway ]
I read this in an article on the tube last week so glad we didnt try any of these bad boys out when we were in Beijing last year!!
I read that the undercover reporter caught the workers picking the cardboard off dirty floors before turning it into dumplings.
I am sure that the industrial chemicals used to soften up the cardboard would kill any germs from the floor.
What goes better with dumplings than a little wafer-thin slice of meat?
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Cardboard is probably not any worse, than some of the nutritianless food on the supermarket shelves, these days. A person can spend up to any amount on food, and still be malnurished.
Indeed....in North Korea these things won't happen
China this week executed the former head of its food and drug safety watchdog for corruption, in what was widely seen as an attempt by the government to show it is serious about the problem.
The above is a copy and paste, from the blog, in GregWs link.
Does this mean, that we are no longer in danger of eating dodgy food from China?