Residents in Qingdao, Shandong province were invited to smash four tons of watermelons on Friday after one of the batches was found to have high levels of pesticide residue.
According to a CCTV News report, at least 17 people were hospitalized after consuming melons from the contaminated batch, including one pregnant woman who lost her child do to poisoning from pesticide.
The watermelons were purchased from a wholesaler in Wanning city, Hainan, and although the contaminated batch was immediately taken off shelves, the scare led to fruit sales slumping across markets.
A Qingdao shopping mall invited customers to smash over four tons of melons to their hearts’ content in a bid to assure the public of the safety of its products.
It’s somewhat of a tradition in China to destroy contaminated or fake goods in a lavish display. By allowing the public to get involved, this event doubled as an effective stress-releasing activity as well.