A restaurant in central China has apologised for encouraging diners to weigh themselves after which order meals accordingly.
The coverage was launched after a nationwide marketing campaign in opposition to meals waste was launched.
The beef restaurant within the metropolis of Changsha positioned two giant scales at its entrance this week.
It then requested diners to enter their measurements into an app that may then counsel menu objects accordingly.
Signs studying “be thrifty and diligent, promote empty plates” and “operation empty plate” had been pinned up.
The coverage triggered uproar on Chinese social media.
Hashtags concerning the restaurant have been considered greater than 300 million occasions on the social platform Weibo.
The restaurant mentioned it was “deeply sorry” for its interpretation of the nationwide “Clean Plate Campaign”.
“Our original intentions were to advocate stopping waste and ordering food in a healthy way. We never forced customers to weigh themselves,” it mentioned in an apology posted on-line.
President Xi Jinping ignited the marketing campaign this week, calling the degrees of nationwide meals wastage “shocking and distressing”.
Following Mr Xi’s message, the Wuhan Catering Industry Association urged eating places within the metropolis to restrict the variety of dishes served to diners – implementing a system the place teams must order one dish fewer than the variety of diners.
State TV additionally criticised livestreamers who filmed themselves consuming giant quantities of meals.