China is investigating a restaurant over a dumpling-eating contest that allegedly flouts anti-food waste laws.
Those who finish 108 spicy dumplings at the fastest time win a free meal and the title “King of the Big Stomach”.
But the viral challenge has “misled” people into ordering excessively, resulting in wastage, authorities say.
China enacted laws in 2021 to tackle what leader Xi Jinping described as a “shocking and distressing” squandering of food.
Two years on however, people are still adjusting to the regulations. After all, China is a country where hosts offering more food than their guests can stomach is regarded as a form of hospitality.
At least 34 million tonnes of food are wasted in Chinese restaurants every year, according to a 2020 survey conducted by China’s national legislature.