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Food Painting Charges Get Chinese Cook in Legal Trouble

China has experienced several recent high-profile food safety challenges, but this latest report may be unique.

Since the spring of 2013, a cook in a resort-area hotel in the eastern province of Zhejiang had allegedly been painting abalones and goose feet with inedible pigment to make them more attractive to customers.

The two items are prized delicacies to some Chinese diners, and the painted food (12 abalones and 100 goose feet) was estimated to be worth nearly $800.

After health authorities visited the hotel and found the paint, however, the man was reportedly indicted for the crime of manufacturing and selling poisonous and harmful food and is now on trial. The use of inedible pigment in food meant for human consumption is illegal in China.

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  • Vinayak Ghate

    Any idea what this pigment was?

    • sharyn

      Doesn’t really matter what the name of the pigment is because it’s inedible meaning it’s not for human consumption. Please ‘note’ what he was indicted for. The crime of manufacturing and selling ‘POISONOUS’ and HARMFUL food’. Reread last paragraph.