Info from Oiwan Lam at GlobalVoices.org – an international blog for human justice issues.
A few months ago, local state media exposed that farmers in China’s Jiangsu province were affected by the problem of “exploding watermelons” due to the overuse of chemicals. On 5 July, 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture asserted  [zh] that the chemical growth enhancer for watermelon is safe as the toxic residue level is low.
The Ministry also stated that if growth chemicals banned in China, the whole agricultural industry sector would be affected.
According to Hutong news summary  [zh], the watermelons were exploding in the fields like balloons. The growth enhancer involved in the incident is Forchlorfenuron , which is also legal in the United States. As the growth enhancer drains fruit of its flavor, farmers have also been applying chemical sweeteners and dyes to the watermelons.
The latest scandal is the discovery of plastic material inside a watermelon in Jinan city. Here is a television news segment showing what a plastic watermelon looks like.
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 asserted: http://www.caijing.com.cn/2011-07-06/110766306.html
 Forchlorfenuron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forchlorfenuron