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China is promoting a boatload of misinformation about Maine lobster

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It’s a trap!

Members of the Chinese media and government (often a distinction without a difference) are trying to convince people that Maine lobster had something to do with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t take the bait.

Chinese media outlets have  now suggested that a 2019 shipment of Maine lobster was a “Pandora’s box” that ushered in the global pandemic. This isn’t the only fishy deflection that Chinese officials

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Takeout for under $25 at Asheville’s China Taste

Asheville has long cried loudly for a great New York style Chinese takeout restaurant. A few years ago, China Taste appeared in a small strip mall location off State Street in West Asheville to try to fill that void.

State Street spans from Haywood Road to Amboy Road, a commuter thoroughfare from the RAD and South to the westside. It’s an ideal location for easy dinner pickup, especially since China Taste’s delivery only runs in a 3-mile radius.

No, this is not a new take on Chinese food. But what the restaurant offers is focused mainly on delivery and

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‘Mukbang’ binge-eating kink videos are now illegal in China

The internet’s “mukbang” trend is toast.

China has made the decision to outlaw overt gluttony in public and on social media, which also targets Chinese mukbangers who gorge on camera to the enjoyment of millions of culinary kink fans around the world. Legislators introduced the proposal late last year as part of President Xi Jinping’s campaign against food waste in China and around the world.

Censors have already removed such content from Chinese social media sites, Vice News has reported, such as TikTok’s Douyin, a video-sharing platform exclusively for Chinese users.

Under the new law, according to China’s congressional

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McDonald’s starts offering vegan meat in China

McDonald’s will begin serving vegan spam dubbed OmniPork Luncheon Meat as part of its breakfast menu in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

The OmniPork Luncheon Meat was rolled out to 280 McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong and Macau last October.

It is a plant-based version of Hormel’s popular canned meat made of soybeans, wheat, beets, and coconut oil and manufactured by OmniFoods, a Hong Kong-based company founded by David Yeung, the entrepreneur behind social enterprise Green Monday.

The positive response prompted McDonald’s to offer this plant-based option in other Asian markets.

A growing number of Chinese consumers are seeking food choices

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