Skip to comments.China reporter held for fake cardboard-in-buns story
Posted on 07/18/2007 9:10:02 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
China reporter held for fake cardboard-in-buns story
19 Jul 2007 01:57:16 GMT Source: Reuters
BEIJING, July 19 (Reuters) - Beijing police have detained a television reporter for 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 flavouring.
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.
A city-wide inspection of steamed bun vendors in the wake of the report had found no such cases, the paper said.
Beijing TV had apologised for failing to check the report's authenticity and said it would make efforts to improve staff ethics, the paper added.
China is reeling from a series of tainted food and drug scandals that have sparked criticism at home and abroad.
The deaths of patients in Panama from mislabelled drug ingredients from China, deadly toxins in pet food exported to the United States and food laced with hazardous antibiotics and chemicals have raised fears about the safety of China's surging exports.
On Wednesday, Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to improve food safety in a meeting with a visiting Japanese House of Representatives Speaker Yohei Kono, Kyodo news agency reported.
Well, it must be cheaper than silicone implants.
Who to believe?
I’d probably have to believe the “beaten-within-an-inch-of-his-life” reporter, myself.
Damn, thought I’d found a way to get rid of beer flats without hauling them to the dump, what am I gonna do with all these beer flats?
Thanks for the ping. This one’s been around for a week or so now.
Watch for these TV ads to appear soon on late night TV. “Want to lose weight? Try the new Weight Watchers Chinese buns and dumplings - taste good and no calories, guaranteed”.
Damn, thought Id found a way to get rid of beer flats without hauling them to the dump, what am I gonna do with all these beer flats?
I don’t know. Stick em in yer buns?
Nice cover up! The People’s Committee for Damage Control sure has their act together.
So it’s safe to go back to White Castle now?
Fake news on the BBC and now on Beijing TV. How many news outlets does Dan Rather work for anyway?
Yes, but the caution is still Condition Orange on Domino’s!
Maybe false but true - reporter puts up fake story under orders from superiors, story is debunked - therefore all China product quality stories are fake. At least that’s the message the Chinese government may be trying to send to Chinese and global audiences.
OK I believe the Chinee FOR SURE....
FAKE PET food, Dead Pets FAKE Human food. FAKE Story...INDEED Got lots of stuff to sell if you believe ANYTHING that comes from any CHINA source...
God, how sinister...I wonder who was tortured and how long to produce that confession.
In a room full of lying commies, whom to trust? Blackbird.
“In a room full of lying commies, whom to trust? Blackbird.”
Because nothing like this could ever happen in the United States, right? Not!
One way or another - the damage was done....
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