It's made out of people('s hair)!
July 27, 2006 12:16 PM   Subscribe

Waiter, there's hair in my soy sauce! A new soy sauce from China is raising eyebrows in Asia and elsewhere. Why? IT'S MADE OUT OF PEOPLE! Well, people's hair. Someone ought to tell these guys. [via BoingBoing]
posted by clevershark (23 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
That's not soy! Real soy is where riotgrrl69 gets her phyto-estrogenic kicks! SCREW YOU PITUITARY GLAND!
posted by riotgrrl69 at 12:24 PM on July 27, 2006

If they made it out of ape hair and it made you immune to civilization-destroying diseases they'd hit the Chuck Heston Trifecta.
posted by InfidelZombie at 12:36 PM on July 27, 2006 [1 favorite]

The technicians admitted that they would not consume the human-hair soy sauce because the dirty and unhygienic hair was used to make amino acid syrup

posted by bob sarabia at 12:41 PM on July 27, 2006

posted by raedyn at 12:42 PM on July 27, 2006

I love how, @ the 2nd link, 'used menstrual cycle pad' is bolded for extra scary effect. As if the condoms and used syringes weren't really that gross.
posted by raedyn at 12:45 PM on July 27, 2006

There was a column a few years back in Fortune about the common bread additive L-cysteine, which is also sometimes derived from human hair (or from animal hair and feathers or else sythentically produced). Often, bread manufacturers aren't familiar with how the additives they purchase from overseas are sourced, so your Wonderbread may contain minute amounts of a human-hair-derived amino acid.

I've got some odd opinions about food, so I'm personally more bothered about duck feathers than I am human hair ...
posted by bcveen at 12:49 PM on July 27, 2006

You know, between this and the Mellified Man, I just don't have much of an appetite today.
posted by kimota at 12:55 PM on July 27, 2006

Am I the only one who thinks it's funny that clevershark is squeamish about eating people?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:56 PM on July 27, 2006

That would make it eponysterical.
posted by Eekacat at 1:03 PM on July 27, 2006

I have no trouble putting human hair INTO things, I would like a soy sauce that was entirely devoid of human hair please.
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:24 PM on July 27, 2006

That Mellified Man recipe sounds good! Thanks, kimota.
posted by shoepal at 1:25 PM on July 27, 2006

kimota's link's description of Mellified Man has given me an idea for an awful new supervillain.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:30 PM on July 27, 2006

If your villain urinates honey can I suggest sort of a swaggering pimp persona and you could call him Mr. Sweetshittin' Honeypiss?
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:34 PM on July 27, 2006 [1 favorite]

kimlan soy is people... it's peeeeople!
posted by fet at 1:35 PM on July 27, 2006

Good news for trichophagiacs I guess.
posted by Smedleyman at 2:00 PM on July 27, 2006

It's all about the ingredients with these new sauces, isn't it? Gotta suprise everybody and all that. Feh.
posted by Kikkoman at 2:06 PM on July 27, 2006

^^Speaking of eponysterical...^^
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:17 PM on July 27, 2006

How offal!
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:41 PM on July 27, 2006

L-cysteine, a common ingredient in commercial baked goods, is sometimes made from human hair. You're all cannibals and you didn't even know it!
posted by leapingsheep at 3:46 PM on July 27, 2006

Some of us know it quite well.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:47 PM on July 27, 2006

Well we eat vegetables and cow shit is used to fertilize vegetables ..or if it is not cow shit it is chemical taken from often abominable substances.

That said what is appaling is that the hair was probably badly, cheaply processed and was probably contaminated or containing harmful substances : now that disgusts me.
posted by elpapacito at 4:30 PM on July 27, 2006

This has been done for a long time. Hair is free (or has a negative cost) a lot of the time, and upon hydrolysis gives the exact same amino acids you'd get by organic synthesis, or hydrolysis of something yummier-sounding.
posted by rxrfrx at 6:16 PM on July 27, 2006

raedyn, That's exactly what I thought, LOL!

kimota, Mellified Man, cripes! But that ortolan thing creeped me out too. Can't believe Fran├žois Mitterrand's last meal was said to consist of ortolan. Weird.

Hydrolyzed keratin protein is commonly made in part of liquified human hair, used in a variety of personal care products.
posted by nickyskye at 10:27 PM on July 27, 2006

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