‘A TV report earlier this month that purportedly showed a Beijing seller using softened chopped cardboard as the main ingredient in steamed buns has been dismissed as false news.
The Beijing municipal government said last night that investigations had found an employee surnamed Zi with Beijing Television fabricated and directed the sensational program for higher audience ratings. Zi is being held under criminal custody. [..]
The report said 60 percent of the bun’s ingredients were chopped cardboard that had been soaked in caustic soda. Pork flavor and fatty meat were added to the cardboard, it claimed. [..]
However, the government announcement said that Zi had provided all the cardboard and asked the vendor to soak it. “It’s all cheating,” it said.’
Followup to Chinese food ‘made from cardboard’.