DID YOU KNOW?
Get your stomachs ready for another Did You Know post!
Finding hair in your food can ruin a meal. But what if your food was made of hair – or at least your condiment? The Internet Journal of Toxicology reported that a Chinese company produced a soy sauce named “Hongshuai Soy Sauce.” The soy sauce was marketed as “using the latest bioengineering technology,” suggesting that the soy sauce was not generated in a traditional way using soy and wheat. Priced lower than the competitors’ soy sauces, Hongshuai became very popular among the public in Mainland China. Because of its low price, many catering services in schools and colleges decided to use this new product.
An investigation led by TV journalists revealed why the soy sauce was so cheap. It was being manufactured from an amino acid syrup bought from another manufacturer. When asked how the amino acid syrup was generated, the manufacturer replied that the syrup was made from human hair gathered from salons, barbershops and hospitals around the country. After the workers filtered the hair it was cut small and then processed into amino acid syrup. Yummy.
One person’s recycling is another person’s retching over a toilet!