China helps to fuel the international demand for shark fins; and fishermen, in order to meet this demand, illegally kill and waste sharks all over the world every day. A recent Chinese shark fin scandal, though, has the world saying “meh.”
The Global Times reports that these fake shark fins on the market are made of gelatin and algin. ”The contents of real shark fins and fake ones made with gelatin are almost the same, and the textures are also the same. Also they will do no harm to humans if they are made with food standard gelatin and algin,” said Gao. In fact, Gao expands, fake shark fins are better for you because they’re not loaded with heavy metals.
Could this seafood fraud be good for Chinese seafood lovers and the oceans? Our crack team will keep you up to date.