Tainted Lard: China's Latest Food-Safety Scare Comes From Taiwan

Mooncakes are glazed before going into the oven at a bakery in Hong Kong. Photograph by Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, a holiday that coincides with the full moon in the eighth month of the lunar calendar, and people across the country will be celebrating by going out in the evening and gazing at the sky. Tradition calls for admiring the moon’s beauty while eating sweet round cakes loaded with egg yolks and lotus seeds, wrapped in a dough containing generous amounts of lard.

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