Hejian, a city in northern China famed for its donkey burgers, has vowed to punish fake meat producers following media reports. Chinese media reported that some butchers in Hejian, in northern China’s Hebei province, used mule, horse and pig meat and sold them as donkey meat, mostly to restaurants in Beijing, reports said…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2018

Key Point

  • The local government of Hejian, east-central Hebei Province, called an emergency meeting to discuss the food scandal.

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  • Donkey meat burgers are a northern Chinese delicacy that is traditionally cooked in either Baoding style or Hejian style. Both are cities located just south of Beijing in Hebei Province.
  • In January 2016, according to the Shandong Ejiao Trade Association, China produces approximately 5,000 MTs of ejiao (a traditional Chinese medicine) annually, while at the same time the country’s only has donkey hide supply that can produce only 3,000 MTs annually. According to a representative of the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the supply gap is filled by skins from mules, horses, pigs and oxen. Chinese donkey hide production has decreased owing to the animal’s long rearing period (i.e. birth to slaughter) and low fertility rate (gestation ~1 year, generally 1 foal per birth).
  • From 1954 to 2013, China’s donkey population declined from 12.7 million heads to 6.03 million heads.

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