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There’s A Crazy Conspiracy Theory That China Is Selling The World Fake Cabbage

The videos actually show people creating wax food to use in restaurant displays.

Posted on July 7, 2016, at 3:48 p.m. ET

This video shows a Japanese man using hot wax and water to create a very authentic-looking head of cabbage. It's a mesmerizing and magical process, and the video has been viewed more than 7 million times.

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It's incredible to watch wax turn into a cabbage that looks good enough to eat.

Fake food is displayed in Japanese restaurants to help people choose their order. Artisans began making food models for restaurants in the 1920s, and "the idea spread rapidly as eating out soared in popularity and rural people flocked to the cities," according to the Japan Times.

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Look at those amazing fake floating noodles with chopsticks!

But people from other parts of the world aren't used to this. Here's Miss Colombia reacting to fake food in Tokyo. That unfamiliarity is one reason why videos of wax food are being shared on Facebook to accuse China of selling the world fake food.

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No, really.

The Chinese cabbage conspiracy theory is a real thing. A business publication in the Philippines recently uploaded a wax food video and warned people to "be careful with the cabbage you buy. China can even fake it."

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Here's a Facebook post from a monthly magazine in India that warns people about fake cabbage. It has over 1 million views.

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A man in Quebec posted a wax cabbage video in late June and said he'll never buy "lettuce that comes from China." The video was viewed more than 3.5 million times and shared more than 26,000 times before he deleted the post.


(He likely removed it after BuzzFeed France and Hoax-net debunked his claim about the video.)

The wax food videos are constantly circulating on Facebook with claims about China and its devious fake cabbage industry. "Japan invented it, China produces and exports it worldwide - FAKE CABBAGE."

"Gross! Artificial synthetic 'cabbages' are being made in China in just 40 seconds flat. Coming to a grocery store near you soon."

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That post has close to 14,000 shares and over 600,000 views.

"Duplicate synthetic cabbages are made in China in just 40 seconds," this page claimed. "See the height of food adulteration."

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Fortunately, many people are quick to point out in the comments that the wax food is just for display.


But people and media outlets continue to recycle the same videos of wax food and claim they offer proof that China is feeding the world fake cabbage.

Now that you know the truth, let's all take a moment to appreciate this wall of perfect plastic sushi.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.