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  • Dr John Wedderburn
    South China Morning Post 9th January 2013 Video: Chinese restaurants found to serve poisonous fake shark fin soup
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 2013
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      South China Morning Post
      9th January 2013
      Video: Chinese restaurants found to serve poisonous fake shark fin soup
      http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1123637/video-chinese-restaurants-found-serve-poisonous-fake-shark-fin-soup

      by Amy Li
      chunxiao.li@...

      Think twice before you order your favourite shark fin soup next time -
      chances are you may be paying for an expensive bowl of mung bean starch gel
      and gelatine.

      An investigative report by China's CCTV on Tuesday revealed the shocking
      practise among restaurants in Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Fujian:
      serving chemically made "shark fin" to diners who are made to believe they
      are eating the real thing.

      A mixture of mung bean starch, gelatine, sodium and other chemicals, the
      fake fin dish served in expensive restaurants and wedding feasts has become
      a popular choice among customers, especially those eager to impress guests
      with a "high-end" dish, said the report.

      In a Zhejiang restaurant named Xanadu, a fake bowl of shark fin was sold for
      150 yuan (HK$186), while the ingredients cost only 5 yuan, said the report.

      CCTV estimated that up to 40 per cent of the shark fins consumed in mainland
      Chinese restaurants could be fake. Experts warn that chemicals and additives
      used to make fake fins are poisonous and could damage the lung and other
      organs.

      The shocking revelation has sparked heated discussions on China's
      micro-blogging service Sina Weibo. "It's the corrupt officials who eat shark
      fins, right?" said a blogger. "It's a fair world after all."

      "People who eat it for a better image should get it over with now," said
      another Weibo user.
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