In recent weeks, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been busy trying to convince China to go vegetarian—using the catchphrase "Less meat, less heat, more life" in a new PSA campaign—and it turns out the Governator may actually have a pretty solid point. According to Munchies, vendors are now selling shrimp scavenged from sewers to unsuspecting customers on the streets of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in central China.
The stomach-churning piece of news was first reported by the Chinese publication NetEase, which claims that dead shrimp float through the backwash of Wuhan's sewer system after being spilled out during packaging at the Baishizhou markets.
Photos show that the salvaged shrimp is sorted in the toilet bowls and sinks of public restrooms, organized on the bathroom floor, and then mixed with other fish to make shrimp balls, which are ultimately cooked and sold nearby
"By adding other ingredients and turning the bathroom bounty into shrimp balls, the vendors are able to better mask the suspect origin of the sewer seafood," Munchies explains.
It remains unclear how exactly the photos were obtained, or if any action will be taken to stop the vendors from continuing the nauseating scheme. But, as Shanghaiist points out, shrimp are often at the center of food scandals in China, becoming contaminated by industrial chemicals, or stuffed with gelatin and adhesive plastic.
Even so, the country has faced so many controversies over the quality of its food in general in recent years, that it becomes difficult to keep track. Most notably, Chinese venders were found selling $500,000 worth of 40-year-old meat in 2015, according to the New York Times.
Earlier this year, a far-fetched scandal erupted, claiming than the Chinese government had been selling human flesh disguised as corned beef to the African country of Zambia. The reports were of course a hoax, but the country was forced to deny the allegations none-the-less.
"This is completely a malicious slandering and vilification which is absolutely unacceptable to us," the Chinese ambassador to Zambia said at the time. "We hereby express our utmost anger and the strongest condemnation over such an act.”