China “Still Making Soy Sauce From Human Hair”


The latest China quality merchandise to be the cause of scandal is soy sauce made from human hair.

Chinese newspapers have been reporting with disgust that the manager of a Shandong province food company has admitted that “In small scale factories we have been making soy sauce out of human hair as a cost control measure.”

A worker familiar with the practice explains:

“Soy sauce is made by fermentation, but at small scale places they skip the fermentation and use amino acids extracted from human hair as part of the process instead. There are villages where they collect human hair for this.”

He goes on:

“I was working at a factory in Hebei province before – there they added salt and amino acids to caramel coloured water, and mixed it all with dirty water to make soy sauce. At the place where they extracted the amino acids they had lots of human hair and animal fur stored, it was quite sickening.

They also made vinegar by adding acetic acid to caramel coloured water. The village had any number of places making soy sauce, but the villagers there would only ever buy vinegar and soy sauce from famous brands.”

Soy sauce is normally made by fermenting soy beans. A more modern low-cost method (which tastes quite different and has been found to introduce carcinogens) utilises acid-hydrolyzed vegetable proteins to skip the lengthy fermentation process entirely – it is likely a variation of this process is being described here.

Another worker explains similar shortcuts being used to make vinegar (which is also normally the product of fermentation):

“At small factories making vinegar they would take pure acetic acid [a highly corrosive acid normally used in industrial applications] and just add it to water to make the vinegar.

At the decent places they would use food-quality acid intended for this purpose, but at the more unscrupulous outfits they would just use [highly impure] industrial grade acetic acid instead.”

Although such claims might ordinarily attract scepticism, as the practice of making cooking oil out of sewage is already well documented, these claims sadly take on an air of depressing credibility – in fact soy sauce made from hair and fur has been reported since at least 2004, and evidently no progress has been made in stamping out the practice.

Pictures from a 2004 report:


With Chinese food products now sold the world over, frequently as an unlabelled part of other dishes, it seems the only protection much of the world has from being poisoned by reckless Chinese businesses is the hope that these nightmare products are never exported.

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    Avatar of DFC
    Comment by DFC
    02:13 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Stay cool China, don't ever change!!

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:21 21/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, nothing's stopping them, so....... (-_-')

    Avatar of TFish
    Comment by TFish
    02:22 21/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Except Knowledge, and knowing is half the battle!

    G.I. JOE!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 21/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    indeed, about as gross as a hell ass

    Avatar of dreadx6
    Comment by dreadx6
    02:45 21/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Original?: Yes.
    Cost effective?: Yes.
    Gross?: HELL ASS YES!

    Avatar of toyNN
    Comment by toyNN
    04:37 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Made in China" on any food item - pass. Even PS&G check the labels...what they do after that isn't certain.

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    05:59 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Just why do China always makes stuff like this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Pelos, pelos, pelos!!!

    Avatar of Kwonnie
    Comment by Kwonnie
    04:56 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's just disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    disgusting is a matter of perspective
    fermentation uses moulds, something you usually wouldnt want to eat either
    however, using cheap impure materials is not disgusting
    its fucked up

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    Comment by TheBeast
    08:17 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol, the people in the factory are actually wearing masks to cover their faces. maybe it's to keep the hair in prestine condition, maybe it keeps them from getting hairballs, either way, i tell my friends and family that the "made in china" sticker and engravings are the equivalent of a skull and crossbones. "made in japan" means it will last longer than your grandkids will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you think this is disgusting... wait this the soy sauce starts exploding. You know the risks when buying made in China :D

    10:45 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 08:24 you can probably use them as Molotov Cocktail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:08 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese Quarity!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bcoz China will make money from everything and I mean everything even a crap can be a food, I will never buy any food/dairy products from China

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now you all know where the Melos Grandes will come from too!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just killed eating drinking soy sauce packets for me ;-; (just bite a hole in it and drink while doing something random) Also menos?

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    Comment by Tremere
    20:46 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess eating in China is...


    A hair-raising experience.


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 21/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Scanty and Kneesocks?

    Avatar of starsplash
    Comment by starsplash
    02:43 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Communism assures nothing changes.

    Avatar of OhYeah
    Comment by OhYeah
    02:47 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Indeed, the sad fact of life. When the rich is rich, they see no reason to help the poor... This is the sad fact of why China is so fail.

    No enforcement, plenty of laws, just nothing to back it up. Sigh...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck You OhYeah.

    This is the same the world over if you say the shithole you live in doesn't do the same thing. You're nothing but a shortsighted Fool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 25/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a difference between lawlessness and the disregard of the administration.

    This isn't something small but a nationwide concern. The fact that this rampages through the country is reason enough to understand the simple gist of this. Sure there are other societies that are just as amoral. But for one of the world's leading nations, it certainly has shown itself to be unwilling to enforce its own laws.

    That's China, all appearances and no action.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    11:15 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll be paying -very- close attention to where my soy sauce is made from now on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then I threw up in my mouth. >:O

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god...

    My bag of pot stickers come with 7 packets of unlabeled soy sauce...

    Comment by PhillB
    02:32 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They will make the Soylent Green crackers for the world.
    Another original idea from and proudly produced by China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When is Sankaku going to make a pop-up book or collection of all it's China Revelations!

    I would soooo buy that. My fav story was the dorm rooms

    Avatar of boneless
    Comment by boneless
    19:10 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But it would cost one-tenth the price of one of those "legitimate" books. *sigh*

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    Comment by TheBeast
    08:21 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    don't buy the book, it's probably got recycled toilet paper pages coated in arsenic and cyanide to preserved the lead print and comes bound in a limited edition condom packaging to prevent water and semen damage.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:58 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually heard from Chinese food chefs in interviews that in order to get 'true' Chinese cooking, sometimes it's just safer to buy it in well reputed western restaurant specializing in the cuisine.

    Precisely because of these filthy practices and lack of quality control of foods.

    Pretty sad if you think about it..

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, there's always a person in a thousand that isn't clever.
    China has a population of 1.3 billion, so of course, there will be a lot of scandal like this.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    02:22 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Soy sauce is made by fermentation, but at small scale places they skip the fermentation and use amino acids extracted from human hair as part of the process instead. There are villages where they collect human hair for this.”

    IMO i think these "hair sauce" factories are too small to even export their "goods" so its possible that other countries only get the "soy" variety no need to worry people

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    Comment by Riiku
    06:57 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish I knew a blog that uncovers similar facts about Russia, cuz knewing my country I'm pretty sure there's alot of similar shit going on here.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:18 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Mind went blank when I read the "Still" part....

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Just because the label doesn't say "Made in China" doesn't guarantee that some or all of the ingredients are not of Chinese origin.

    The number of tainted products which are reported worldwide as being harmful as a consequence of "China Quarity" is just the tip of the iceberg. There are surely many poisonous things which have not been discovered lurking on store shelves.

    As the US devolves toward a dollar store economy where affordable foodstuffs are oddly off-label items rather than name brands, our only hope is that China will realize that poisoning its customers before the loans are paid back is a poor economic strategy.

    China will achieve world conquest not through force of arms but rather through adulterated consumer goods killing its enemies.

    It's good to see Sancom returning to its roots. I've missed the China bashing of old. Also, more naked Chinese girls on piles of rubbish please.

    Comment by Pyrus
    15:42 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China doesn't want to conquer the world. Like seemingly most of the other nations in that region, China wants the rest of the world to go away. Building that wall didn't work, so now it's questionable products!

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    Comment by Kaarme
    02:37 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Fortunately the contents of my almost empty bottle of soy sauce originate from Japan. And will do so also in the future! I won't be buying any food from China, that's for sure, after all the news read here and elsewhere. Though I suppose in Chinese restaurants they might have something from their old homeland, but I reckon they make sure it's edible.

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    Comment by Minru
    03:50 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I stopped buying anything food related to china 6 months ago.

    I buy my cheap electronics from south korea.

    Only thing i buy with made in china logo is cheap T-shirts.

    Wait is't that where china was 20 years ago? (cheap clothing knock offs?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    next thing you know their clothes are made from recycled hair as well~

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree about the food part, but the electronics work pretty well...
    Besides, every Korean, American and Japanese company that I know of gets the basic components from Chinese factories and most of them also assemble their products there, too...

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    Comment by Crowbar
    04:28 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kikkoman is the best and most delicious I found, I don't buy any of the house brands or import brands at Tesco, Walmart, Sainsbury's and whatnot.

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    Comment by vanilka
    02:45 21/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Must... not... puke...

    Seriously, China... ^^"

    Note to self: Don't buy anything made in China... EVER.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    02:56 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    bad news is that most things are made in China,just get the famous brands!

    Avatar of vanilka
    Comment by vanilka
    03:44 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, I know, unfortunately.
    However, I already do as you say because I don't trust unknown brands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Last image... Those bottles look like the soy sauce I bought......


    Avatar of DarkWisdom
    Comment by DarkWisdom
    11:34 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And this country could become the next super power? God help us all!

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    Comment by Castian
    04:04 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Any Good/real soy sauce brand?
    can't belive i've only seen chineese brands in my entire life

    Avatar of Crowbar
    Comment by Crowbar
    04:32 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kikkoman Japanese soy sauce.

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    Comment by Karasz
    05:09 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OH, GROSS!!!!

    CHINA, WHY?? That's your secret ingredient to your soy sauce! Fuck you, China! Now I'm gonna have dandruff in my stomach for the rest of my life! >:C

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:57 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Now I know where all the パイパン hair goes. Japan exports it to China!!!

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