Have you ever wondered why exactly chicken is so darn cheap on the street here? Well, a Radio Free Asia investigation may just have your answer, and you’re not going to like it.
RFA visited a poultry farm where a worker told them that around 40 to 50 chickens die a day from disease or stress. These poultry carcasses are then sold off to opportunistic street vendors at rock-bottom prices.
Of course, while increasingly popular, chickens have never been considered the safest things to consume in China following avian flu outbreaks that have killed dozens in recent years and led to people not purchasing poultry in order to not die.
Still, when confronted with evidence of more fowl play, one Chinese consumer seemed shocked. “Safety first that’s all that’s on my mind,” she says.
Watch the video below:
This is another in a series of food safety investigations carried out by the RFA in China, the most infamous of which tracked how gutter oil got up from the gutter and onto the plate. Watch it by clicking the image below:
Coincidentally, yesterday we happened to talk to ethical poultry farmer Alejandro Galero, who told us the novel way he keeps his chickens happy and healthy using a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and modern technology.
“People have to be selective. Transparency and traceability are key elements. It is important to understand where your products come from,” Galero warns.
[Video via RFA]