As large areas of Southern China experience the coldest weather in 30 years, the local government in Zhejiang was forced to warn people not to eat road salt after shipments intended for the cold weather were stolen by local residents.
When residents in Jiaxing city woke up on Thursday, the story of the day wasn’t the plummeting temperatures, but rather the case of the vanishing rock salt which made headlines.
In a bit to prevent residents from attempting to try and cook with the stolen salt, a local radio station was forced to share an emergency message on social media after local government learned of the theft.
“A large number of bags containing road salt intended for the incoming cold front in Pinghu have apparently been taken by local residents,” it read. “If used for cooking the consequences will be unfathomable! It is not edible salt, do not consume!”
Meanwhile, local road management authorities issued a far more terse and almost taunting statement to convey their message: “Eat at your own risk.”
By Kitty Lai