Written by: Darcy Macintosh
There is a good reason that the Chinese food industry has taken a lot of heat recently for its troubling standards deficiency. It is completely clear why people everywhere avoid food imports from China.
Throughout the years, it has been found that some of the foods made in China are unhealthy. Many of them have been proven to be fake, made of plastics and chemicals, dangerous to human health.
Lately, rumors in the press have it that the cheap Chinese soy sauce that has been sold is actually made from human hair. The sauces made in China involve a chemical amino acid extraction process similar to artificially hydrolyzed soy sauces and then they are quietly exported to other countries.
Chinese soy sauce made from human hair
One Chinese company got in trouble for making soy sauce from human hair.
The state television station in China, the China Central Television (CCTV) first raised public concerns about the quality of domestic soy sauce by revealing a substandard workshop in central China’s Hubei Province, where loads of human hair was found.
The Chinese television also aired an analytical report that exposed the unsanitary and possibly contaminated sources of the hair:
“On the question how the amino acid syrup or powder was made, the manufacturer replied that it was made from human hair.
The human hair found was collected from salons, barbershops, and hospitals all around the country. Not only is this unhygienic, but this hair is also mixed with condoms, used menstrual cycle pads, used hospital cottons, used syringes, etc.”
These hairs were then treated in certain containers to distill amino acid. This amino acid is the commonest compound found in the soybean sauce.
The similarity between human hair and the soybean, wheat and bran, which are the conventional and legally accepted raw ingredients for the production of soy sauce, is their protein content.
As a result, the Chinese government prohibited production of soy sauces made from hair.