China’s cardboard-filled buns story was a hoax

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Just goes to show that you shouldn’t believe all the dirty-Chinese-food stories you hear. That cardboard-filled Chinese buns story that was Dugg like crazy and enthusiastically picked up by everyone from CNN to Fox News turns out to be a total hoax:

Beijing police have detained a television reporter for allegedly fabricating an investigative story about steamed buns stuffed with cardboard at a time when China’s food safety is under intense international scrutiny.

A report directed by Beijing TV and played on state-run national broadcaster China Central Television last Thursday said an unlicensed snack vendor in eastern Beijing was selling steamed dumplings stuffed with cardboard soaked in caustic soda and seasoned with pork flavoring.

Beijing authorities said investigations had found that an employee surnamed Zi had fabricated the report to garner “higher audience ratings”, the China Daily said on Thursday.

“Zi had provided all the cardboard and asked the vendor to soak it. It’s all cheating,” the paper quoted a government notice as saying.

Hat tip to Angry Asian Man.

For more on the recent dirty-food Yellow Peril trend, check out the discussion here.