Tidbits: smoked salt, shark fin, and sugar substitution

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flickr user RMacDowell1

Midway through January and temperatures are plummeting here in the UK. The only thing that I’ve been able to do to keep my core body temperature up is amass a select number of interesting stories and posts for this week’s Tidbits.



  • In China, some provinces are reporting the serving of hydrocolloid-based fake shark fin in restaurants.
  • KFC have seen their sales drop dramatically in China with fears over food preparation safety.
  • Brominated Vegetable Oil, an emulsification agent found in soft drinks, is facing the chop in the US. With most other regions banning the substance, a petition has been started to remove what many believe to be a dangerous ingredient from drinks such as Gatorade.


Alex Lathbridge

About Alex Lathbridge

Alex is a science geek first, a food lover second and a Crown-appointed weaponiser of the English language third. You can follow him at @procrastibaking. Alex is an editor for ScienceFare.

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