Chinese Sewage Celery


The latest food scandal to outrage Chinese net users involves nutritious celery being soaked in sewage to increase its weight for market.

The pictures in question, taken in the city of Nantong in Jiangsu province, show a farmer preparing a celery crop for market by soaking them in a pond for over 3 hours to increase their weight and subsequent sale price (itself illegal).

Naturally the pond is full of raw sewage and filled with floating garbage.


The individual clandestinely recording the scene reported a foul stench rising from the rubbish laden pond, and that farmers routinely soaked their crops there before taking them to the wholesale market for distribution.

Food for thought – particularly considering the scale of Chinese food exports to developed countries.

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    Avatar of Huying
    Comment by Huying
    16:16 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People in this site all have bias on China because of you fucking bbs moderator...
    You poor guys never see positive things about China but only negative ones...
    Foolish net citizen, even more foolish moderator...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to SankakuComplex. You're not going to find any unbiased opinion here, only dribble.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thing my preferences for celery and quite unfair.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably water all of their crops with sewage water anyways, so I don't see how this changes anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why in their stupid minds couldnt they just use normal clean water to do this? Oh wait its china there is no clean water.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 06/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, because one man doing it means many people use the same practice.

    If I show you an article wherein an Australian GP is guilty of malpractice, does that mean that it is rational and fair to make a generalization about Australian family practitioners?

    Don't answer that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Usually you'd have to throw manure on the land and fertilize it so the crops can grow, not throw the crops in manure(and all the other things you can find in sewage water)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, you can't buy anything there. The food's filled with sewage and their products fail exponentially and are filled with toxic chemicals. Anything you buy would kill you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My question?
    How did the photographer get away with taking photos of them?

    Still, that's rather disgusting; luckily that celery bunch isn't sold to international markets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    when i see this, i am happy to live in the eu, where we have the strictest food controls on earth...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 06/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And yet you still buy food from china. Imported.

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    Comment by TSA
    20:04 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least it seems the government is hunting them down

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe some we get some promble,but we were "show" its by you guys hand,and you?never dare to that we konw?

    it like anti-virus software relation to pc virus,todays I scan a virus,but never konw what if exist more than one virus,so you are happy ,happy yours pc is so clean,dose virus appear first or anti-virus?thinking.
    so only I want to say is, keep you happy emotion,or maybe you can see the film<>

    and why this website always show such news,that what I wonder.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:23 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How i wish the the Japanese had made a big "Rape of Chinkland" instead this little "Rape of Nanjing".

    Everybody i know hates or at least don't like stupid Chinks.

    Do you hear, Chinks?! We Taiwanese don't belong to you! For 99% of Taiwanese it is an insult to be called "Chinese"! And 99% of us want be a free nation or be again a part/prefecture of wonderful Japan. But never, NEVER be part of fucking Chinkland. Death would be more welcome than beaing a part of you!

    So screw you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    remind me to never buy imported food from china.

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    Comment by MasterX25
    10:27 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    damn freaking fucked up Chinese. makes me hate my own country more and more.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    12:06 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I see why some ppl says that Chinese pickled veggies aren't really that healthy..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One more time this blog only know to speak about china to show the worst of this country and think that if this happen in a small town is becouse all chinese do the same and that is the chinese style... my god... if this happen in a small town not means that this is the chinese style!!! Here have a lot of people who hate china... Never i saw here some bad new from another country... only China... Japan didn't have bad news?? Or another countries in the world?? Only China??

    PD: Sorry for my english...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well somehow China seems to have the most disgusting and outrageous bad news...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 06/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the mass ritual religious slaying of children in Africa, or the child pornography and sex trades in eastern Europe, or the punishment of rape victims in Saudi Arabia, or the... oh, fuck it. Clearly some dodgy pak choi is "most disgusting and outrageous".

    Sorry, that's bullshit. Pan the camera to India and all of a sudden the cabbage looks welcoming compared to the lowest caste living conditions.

    But hey, it's your prejudice...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 19/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have no idea about India expect that it is crowded, which is a damn shame.

    However, poisoning everyone who eats the food, including imported food, is certainly worse from the perspective of readers than any of the above.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese people are protohumans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah if they can eat this stuff and survive, it means they've already evolved beyond your brains.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:55 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats with the blatant racism against chinese?

    you never pass up an opportunity to take a stab at them. america and japan have problems too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dirty bastards

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 17/06/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese are the most dishonorable, unscrupulous people ever. The polar opposites of the Japanese in every respect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 22/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and japan is a major importer of china's vegetables... yum!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 13/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this makes me feel bad about being Chinese sometimes... these greedy bastards truly give Chinese people a bad name.... im glad i dont live in china anymore... -__-

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wanna have sex?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 11/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is what you get when practice Capitalism with no harsh regulations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 06/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not like it's going to stop China from surpassing Japan economically in literally 1-3 years. I highly doubt that these practices are officially endorsed by the Chinese government. It's just that China is still industrializing, and like industrializing nations, it tends to have quite a few negative externalities.

    Look up Europe and the US back in the 1800's, when they were still industrializing. China seems like heaven compared to then.

    Back to why China has all this shitty lead paint, sewage veggies, and semi-edible milk: China is still rapant with corruption in the government, and has yet to weed it out. It will take some time, but China will eventually crack down on all the corruption; after all,increasing the quality of their products will ultimately benefit them.

    To be honest, China looks a lot like Japan did in the 1970's, except with their ENORMOUS population, they have much more potential.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    doubts about cracking down on corruption. apparently you never read through any Chinese philosophy like confucius. because the Chinese philosophy is mostly about keeping thw whole nation under one harmony rule, even if the government is corrupted. Unless they change their philosophy, I see no hope for China to ever be a democracy country. They will probably become some Chinese-style democracy that only the rich or powerful can get freedom to do stuffs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 14/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Confucious's philosophy is keeping the whole nation under one harmony rule, even if the government is corrupted? Confucious himself have left his posts whenever the country employed him had a corrupted leader. Please do not read anymore CCP propaganda because almost every single Chinese historical character (that is worth citing) would be against Mao and CCP. In fact, if they were alive today, almost everyone in mainland China would probably got disowned.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    02:10 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, what else is new about China's food products? ;)

    BTW, Arte, will you be reporting on any of the usual mainland Chinese antics during the chaotic World Expo opening in Shanghai? Like treating the drinking fountains there as garbage bins?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    CHINA QUALITY strikes again!!
    lol.. amazing!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haven't bothered to read all comments, but no one thinks to call bullsh*t? They put a conspicuous black bag in a pond and now it's a sewage pond? The water's clear. Let's place a garbage can there to make it more convincing.

    And if they were interested in getting more money they wouldn't weigh it down before they shipped it to your country. Just make sure you don't have sewage ponds in your backyard.

    Keep trollin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    good, soak more, celery tastes like sewage anyway

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    good, soak more, sewage tastes like celery anyway

    01:37 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have half a brain don't buy food from China look for the country of origin label.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are truly atrocious... though it's curious how they never make the news. The best English reference I've found so far to ditch oil has been about using it as fuel, not cooking oil. Sankaku Complex can't be the only English site that gets info from Chinese sites...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *sigh* Fucking China...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 06/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its even worse in japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 06/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes. Mercury. Fixed

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    17:43 05/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No fucking way. Duckroll.

    Comment by PhillB
    05:06 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too many organic chains are so unhealthy! At least use a clean water-filled barrel instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 04/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Food is COOKED in sewage, it's SOAKED in sewage...

    God. It's a wonder they're not all horribly sick all the time ever.

    Comment by Anonymous

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