Day: April 22, 2015

CN: Smashing time! Four tons of watermelons are squashed to a pulp after a batch contaminated with illegal pesticide causes mass food poisoning

Daily Mail: Crowds gathered to smash a giant pile of watermelons weighing four tons with their bare hands in China after they were contaminated with an illegal pesticide and caused a mass outbreak of food poisoning. Officials invited people to destroy the poisonous batch of fruit after 17 people were taken to hospital with severe stomach pains after eating them.
A woman who was four months pregnant was taken to hospital and was forced to abort her baby due to the seriousness of her condition.
The shocking incident caused a ‘melon fear’ in Qingdao and people refused to buy watermelons, and sales of the fruit dropped by up to 80 per cent in the past three weeks.
Click here to see the full report, including a slide show of melon destruction, from the Daily Mail.

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