Authorities busted an illegal ring in Nanjing for soaking tons of pig’s feet in hydrogen peroxide, to make them look more appetizing. Because if it’s good enough for skid marks in your underwear it’s good enough for your food. The Yangzi Evening Paper reports:
Yesterday afternoon around 1 pm, Yangzi Evening Paper reporters arrived in the Guandong Paotai community after receiving a tip. Here there is a building that is going to be torn down. … Entering through a small door, walking through a narrow alleyway into a residential courtyard, around a few bends, a strange smell assaults the nose. Entering a door, there are unopened boxes of pig trotters stacked against a wall. On the label, you can see they were exported from France for sale in China. Law enforcement officials brought out blue plastic barrels. On the barrel there was a label that said “industrial standard hydrogen peroxide 27.5%”. Inhaling or consuming hydrogen peroxide in food can damage the human body or even cause cancer.
Pig’s feet, pearly white from hydrogen peroxide
This isn’t the first time bleach has been used to enhance the appearance of food in China. Several months back, a raid of three underground workshops in Tianjing uncovered banned chemicals including growth stimulants, antibiotics, bleaching powder and preservatives used to whiten bean sprouts and keep them looking fresh. At this point, are we really all that surprised?
These blue barrels reportedly contained 2.5 tons of pig’s feet