Fake Walnuts Hit the Chinese Market
Posted on March 13, 2013
Food safety in China has become a really big issue as sales of contaminated and fake food products continue to rise. It just does not stop. Recently, a new product hit China’s market –- fake walnuts.
Reports claim that vendors put small portions of cement inside the shells and glue them together –- making them look like real walnuts. In addition, the cement is wrapped in paper to avoid unnecessary movement and noise the cement might make when displayed or checked by shoppers.
“The Ministry of Tofu,” a Chinese news source, reports:
“Mr. Li bought 2.5 kilos of walnuts from a street vendor in Zhengzhou city, Henan province on February 15. After he got home and cracked open some of them, he found that inside the walnuts were broken concrete chunks. In order to reap more profit, vendors cracked open walnuts that had thin husks, took out the nutmeat and put concrete nuggets inside, then sealed the husk with glue. To prevent the concrete nuggets from knocking on their husks and making noise, the counterfeiters wrapped them with paper.”
You can see the video below.