27 Oct 2015

Yangzhou stripped of fried rice record

8:39 pm on 27 October 2015

A Chinese city that broke the world record for the largest serving of fried rice has been stripped of its title after some of the dish was used as pig feed.

A group of 300 people teamed up to cook four tonnes of fried rice in Yangzhou in China's eastern province of Jiangsu on 22 October 2015.

A group of 300 people teamed up to cook four tonnes of fried rice in Yangzhou in China's eastern province of Jiangsu. Photo: Meng Delong / Imagine China

Yangzhou, a city in east China, broke the record held by Turkey, cooking 4192 kg of fried rice.

But celebrations were short-lived after pictures emerged showing the rice being loaded into waste lorries.

Guinness World Records disqualified the attempt as humans did not eat the food.

The event organisers claimed the rice would be sent to local canteens, but Yangzhou's tourism bureau - which supervised the event - said that 150 kg of "inedible" rice was sent to pig farms.

Guinness World Records's Greater China marketing director, Sharon Yang, said: "Following a further review of the evidence, it is now clear that over 150 kg of fried rice was not fit for human consumption.

"We will not be able to accept claims for large food items if they prove to be inedible, or if they are prepared in such a way as to make them unfit for general consumption."

Fried rice is Yangzhou's signature dish, combining rice, eggs, chicken, ham, shrimp, scallop and vegetables.

- BBC

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