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Safety goggles may become required for eating watermelons. It seems the wrong chemicals in the hands of the wrong farmers can lead to some pretty fascinating results, such as exploding watermelons. Yup, exploding watermelons. And this isn’t some science experiment gone wrong—or right, depending on how fun your science teacher was—this is farming in China.

According to The Guardian, farmers tending fields throughout eastern China injected forcholorfenuron, a growth accelerator, into their crops of watermelons. The result had these ultra-plump melons literally bursting at the seams, unable to contain their own chemically laden power.

One farmer told the China Central Television news agency he couldn’t sleep because he couldn’t shake the image of the bursting fruit, hundreds of melons over about eight acres. Throughout the Danyang region, about 20 farmers and 115 acres were affected.

While certainly a spectacle, the event of exploding watermelons certainly puts the microscope on the allegedly lax farming and food-safety regulations in China. This is simply the latest episode in a line of findings that includes metal cadmium in rice, toxins in milk, arsenic in soy sauce, bleach in mushrooms and a chemical in pork to give it a better appearance.

Reportedly, forchlorfenuron has been popular since the 1980s and can increase the size and price of the fruit by more than 20 percent. But the reliance of chemicals to feed the bottom line also gives the world exploding watermelons. By applying the chemical too late in the growing season, during a wet spell and to a variety with a thin rind led to the “landmines.”

While these melons were deemed unsuitable for human consumption and instead fed to pigs (they’ll eat anything) and fish (who knew fish liked watermelon?), maybe we can expect to see the ones that didn’t explode on plates this summer.

From tainted baby formula to exploding watermelons, China has seen its share of food-safety problems. But food forgery in the world’s most populous country may have recently hit another high — or, rather, another low: fake chicken eggs.

On Sunday, a woman who gave her name as Ms. Tian was shopping at a vegetable market in Luoyang, in central China’s Henan province, when she noticed a van selling eggs for about 6c cheaper than they were going for in supermarkets, the Guangming Daily reported. Assuming that the eggs were from a countryside seller not aware of city prices, she took her chances and bought 2.5 kg of the bargain eggs — which turned out to be fakes.

Citing an anonymous source, the paper outlined how the fakes were made: prepare a mould, then mix the right amounts of resin, starch, coagulant and pigments to make egg white. Sodium alginate, extracted from brown algae, gives the egg white the wanted viscosity. Then add the fake egg yolk, a different mix of resin and pigments. Once the proper shape is achieved, an amalgamate of paraffin wax, gypsum powder and calcium carbonate makes for a credible shell.

The newspaper asked Yi Junpeng, assistant professor for biological engineering at Henan University of Science and Technology, for advice on how to identify fake eggs at market stalls. Yi warned of eggs that are too perfectly shaped and smooth. Real eggs have a faint smell, he said, which fake eggs lack. Tapping a fake egg makes a hollower sound than a real egg. Once cracked open, egg white and yolk would quickly mix.

Fake eggs first appeared in the mid-’90s and production spread all over China, the state news agency Xinhua reported back in 2005. At the time, the production cost of a fake egg was half of its real equivalent. With the proper equipment and materials, one person could produce 1,500 fake eggs per day, another Xinhua report quoted a fake-egg producer’s website as saying.

China has seen its share of non-egg-related food scares, including cases of pork colored to be sold as beef, pork that glowed blue, recycled steamed buns and tofu fermented with sewage. Last year a scandal involving the resale of “gutter oil” — used cooking oil thrown out by restaurants or scooped from sewers and peddled to unsuspecting customers — turned stomachs worldwide. In 2008, a massive tainted-milk scandal killed four infants and sickened thousands of children across the country.

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