Chinese cardboard bun hoax

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The cardboard bun hoax was a falsified news report broadcast in July 2007 on Beijing Television's BTV-7 (the Lifestyle Channel). In the report, footage implied that local vendors were selling pork buns, a common breakfast food, filled with a composite of 60% caustic soda-soaked cardboard and 40% fatty pork.[1] Coming after several highly publicized food safety incidents in China, the report was widely believed and sparked public outrage.

On July 18, 2007 Chinese law enforcement officials reported that they had detained Zi Beijia (), a local freelance reporter, for allegedly faking the news report. Zi, using the alias Hu Yue (胡月),[2] is believed to have hired four migrant workers to make the cardboard buns as he filmed.[3] BTV 7 apologized, saying it was "profoundly sorry" for the deception and its "vile impact on society." Beijing's health authorities reported finding no evidence of cardboard in local buns. Furthermore, the Beijing Municipal Food Safety Office found that even if buns are filled with a five percent mixture of cardboard "the fiber substance can be easily seen, and the meat buns made this way could not be easily chewed."[4]

On August 12, 2007, Zi was sentenced to a year in jail and a fine of $132.[5]

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  1. ^ "China Busts Cardboard Bun Shop". CBS News. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  2. ^ Song Shutao (2007-07-19). "Meat buns with cardboard fillings in Beijing is hoax". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Chinese reporter who faked report on cardboard buns is jailed". International Herald Tribune. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  4. ^ Olesen, Alexa (2007-07-19). "Police arrest reporter for faking story on cardboard-filled buns". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  5. ^ "China cardboard bun hoax reporter jailed". London: The Guardian. 2007-07-13. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  Link does not exist as of 2009-05-02

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