12320 Health Hotline's post. /Weibo Photo
And in true social media fashion, the post spurred heated arguments among TCM groups. Some argued that one of the main components of donkey skin is collagen, believed to have health benefits.
The "boiled donkey skin" post was later deleted from the 12320 Health Hotline Weibo page.
12320 Health Hotline is a secondary agency belonging to the country's National Health and Family Planning Commission. It mainly consults and reports public health complaints.
However, many interpreted this as an official statement. Even some financial analysts said the "official opinion" may affect China's gelatin industry. The companies involved in this turmoil, such as Dong Yajiao has not responded.