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China Bans Soy Sauce Made From Human Hair....

Media exposure forces government to respond to hair-into-soy sauce scandal

Shanghai. (Interfax-China) - 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 plant, describing itself as a bioengineering company, made around
100,000 tons of amino acid daily, in either syrup or powder form, making
it
easier for delivery, plant workers said. They were then distributed to
diluting plants in or near the province, where it was diluted with
approximately ten times water, was then made into ready-for-use soy sauce
and was bottled or packaged.

In one such plant shown on the CCTV program, more chemical additives were
poured into the amino acid syrup and heated and stirred continuously by a
worker.

The additives include one whole bag of solid hydroxide to make the sauce
taste better, and bottles of hydrochloric acid to balance the acid and
alkali content in the mixture in order to make it safer for human
consumption. Both additives were for industrial use only, according to
their
packaging.

By producing soy sauce from such raw materials, the producers were said
able
to cut costs by half. Workers employed at the plants, however, never
bought
soy sauce marked as "blended" on the packaging, because that usually meant
that human hair was the basic material in the sauce.

Soy sauce made from human hair is not the first low-quality food product
exposed by state television, which launched a program called "Weekly
Quality
Report" around half a year ago. The program, which conducts investigations
into the low quality of some of China's most common food products, has
frequently ruined the public appetite.

In related news the Beijing Star Daily reported the Beijing government has
begun closer monitoring and supervision of 14 kinds of foods, including
rice, meat, vegetables, bottled water, dairy products and cooking oil due
to
fears of large-scale food-poisoning cases.

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I do not see how this would be true...If you striped the Amino Acids out of hair, the "left-overs" or by-products would look nothing like hair. Anothier thing that sets off alarm bells for me is that it does not identify any of the specific amino acids needed for the manufacture...as opposed to this Linky

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Soy sauce is made from half rotting soy beans. Making it from human hair would actually be an improvement.
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Cheese is made from rotting milk. Blue cheese is moldy rotten milk. Wine is made from rotting grape juice.

Peter "Want to know how sausages are made?" H

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quote:
Originally posted by Peter H:
Cheese is made from rotting milk. Blue cheese is moldy rotten milk. Wine is made from rotting grape juice.

Peter "Want to know how sausages are made?" H

I am reminded of the time, my mom tried to make homemade soy sauce. I emphasize the term tried.

Warning, do not read further if you are sensitive:

Fermenting soybeans takes on a similar consitency as that of, let's says diarhea. With a smell slightly better. And attracts certain kinds of insects. Let's call them flying insects.

So when I think making soy sauce, that's the image that comes into my head. I enjoy soy sauce and sausage, sometimes I enjoy them together, teryikaki sausage can be quite tasty. To this day, I believe sausage is made by some sort of fairy.

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No one has said "Soy sauce green is people" yet?

Well, I guess I'll be the first.

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Damsa, YOMANK!

walks off giggling...*snerk*...sausage fairy...

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Darn it, Dark Canuck! I just got the new keyboard plugged in!!
[Big Grin]

I need a coffee-proof cover for this thing...

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Odd thing is, I like soy sauce, but would rather nail my uvula to a burning tree than ever try natto again.
Similar things (fermented soy beans), but differant results.

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