Wee. At least 170 dead pigs were pulled out of Qinghai province’s Yellow River, China’s second-longest waterway, Xinhua reported today. This marks the latest in a string of similar incidents from the past two months, and with the images of last year’s Great Huangpu Hog Pile still fresh on our minds, it’s one too many to bear for mainland residents whose fears over food safety are steadily rising.
According to the Xinhua report, the source of the dead pigs has not yet been confirmed, although industry experts say that the corpses are often dumped by farmers trying to avoid disposal costs.
This was the case with last year’s hogwash that saw over 10,000 dead pigs being fished out of the Huangpu river after they were dumped by farmers in Jiaxing and Zhejiang province.
Around 500 dead pigs are recovered every month from a reservoir in Sichuan, according to AFP. Last month, 131 of the things were found in a river in Jiangxi province and in February, a collection of dead pigs yet again surfaced in our precious Huangpu River, a main source of Shanghai’s water supply.