Aside from seeing magnificent places and attractions, part of the thrill of being a tourist is trying out exotic food and specialty cuisines in your chosen destination – particularly if you are someone with adventurous taste buds.
For example, if you are in China, you’d probably want to try out fantastic street foods like baozi (traditional Chinese dumplings), snake meat, duck and chicken feet, chou doufu (stinky tofu), bat delicacies, you tiao (deep fried breadstick), and, of course, fried noddles.
However, you might want to be a little more careful about how you pick your food sellers – especially with the previous food scandal that have struck the country.
According to sources, street food vendors and restaurants are using gutter oil for cooking.
What exactly is gutter oil? According to Wikipedia, as the name implies, gutter oil is some liquid substance extracted from the sewers and are used as substitute to commercial grade cooking oil which is typically far more expensive.
Although gutter oil is illegal, it is said to be pretty common in China.
This disgusting practice is done by unscrupulous individuals in the country as a way of selling cheaper oil to consumers. Actually, some food sellers even make their own gutter oil to further save on expenses.
It can be hard to detect even when compared closely with clean oil since it looks and tastes exactly alike.
Gutter oil is considered by many as the less expensive alternative.
In the market, gutter oil is being sold for merely $940 a ton compared with commercial grade oil which sells $1,500 – that’s savings around $560. The consequence though is putting the public’s health at great risk.
Eating food cooked with gutter oil can be poisonous.
Needless to say, consuming foods that are fried with this dirty oil can be harmful to human health. The oil contains contaminants, pathogens, and other potentially lethal chemicals.
1 out of 10 lower market meals in China are cooked using gutter oil.
It is quite scary to note that reports statistics declare that about 1 out of every 10 lower market meals are cooked using gutter oil.
So if you ever visit the country soon, be extremely careful about picking where you eat. You wouldn’t want to get ill while you’re on vacation!
Watch the video and see how gutter oil is made:
Source: Washington Post
South Korea Seized Smuggled Pills from China Containing Powdered Human Fetuses
Thousands of pills containing powdered human fetuses were recovered by South Korean officials.
Yet another shocking news: South Korean customs officials confiscated thousands of pills containing powdered human fetuses, which allegedly came from China. Since August 2011, South Korean officials have seized approximately 17,000 of these repulsive capsules from 35 smuggling attempts. Test results revealed that the so-called medicines were made up of 99.7% human tissues! The genders of the fetuses were also identified because of the test.
Those who have been detained for smuggling the pills claim that they are unaware of its components and how they are manufactured. Customs officials said, ” The capsules were all confiscated, but no one has been punished because the amount was deemed small and they were not intended for sale.”
The pills are believed to be manufactured in Jilin region, which is proximal to North Korea.
Police Raids Noodle Soup Restaurant in China for Serving “Libido Boosters”
Fetuses lined up like fish in the market found in a noodle soup restaurant in China.
A new photo featuring dead fetuses being sold in China has circulated in the social media once again. Although information about the exact circumstances behind the photo were limited, police allegedly found this in a noodle soup restaurant in China. The person who uploaded the photo said the fetuses were lined up and being sold like fish. You can notice three people in the background who are probably the vendors of the fetuses.
Netizens have expressed their disgust over the photo and shared some very strong words of aversion towards this practice. As this new photo appears to be totally different from the ones posted a few years back, it is shocking to know that this still continues to happen.
Dead fetuses lined up like fish in the market.
The public speculates that these fetuses were aborted so that their mothers can escape the sanctions of China’s one-child policy. The said policy dictates that families should only have one child, unless if the first born is a girl. According to the US State Department, Parliament of the United Kingdom, and the human rights organization Amnesty International, China’s family planning schemes may contribute to infanticide, or infant homicide, which pertains to the “intentional killing of children under the age of 12 months.”
Tong zi Dan: A Chinese Delicacy With A Disgusting Special Ingredient
We dare you to try this Chinese delicacy without cringing!
Let’s admit it, China is home to some of the most bizarre and unbelievable food delicacies in the world. And we have featured lots of them as articles already. But as it turns out, there is still another Chinese delicacy that is equally shocking as the ones we featured before like human placenta, rats and even fetuses!
Tong Zi Dan is a Chinese delicacy predominantly found in the DongYang province of China. It is considered a springtime snack by the locals. Tong Zi Dan is a flavorful hard-boiled egg. So far so good right?
Tong zi dan, looking like normal hard-boiled eggs…
Mao Zedong’s Sparrow Campaign Caused One of the Worst Environmental Disasters in History
Mao made waves across the world when he established the People’s Republic of China, but did you know that he also caused a huge environmental disaster?
Under Mao Zedong’s leadership, China underwent a series of changes to improve and modernize life for its citizens. One of these campaigns had to do with eradicating sparrows because they were eating too much grain. This was called the Four Pests Campaign (or Kill a Sparrow Campaign), which was part of the Great Leap Forward, undertaken between 1958 and 1962. The four pests in the campaign were rats, flies, mosquitoes, and sparrows.
Citizens were given the order to do whatever they could to eradicate the birds. This included beating drums to scare them off from landing, which forced them to fly until they died of exhaustion. People also shot down sparrows and tore down their nests. It also gave people something to do with all their free time. Their goal was to push the birds close to extinction in China.
Sparrows were said to eat too much grain, so the Chinese government wanted them eliminated.
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