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Vendors wash waterlogged food and drink for resale after floods in central China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 12:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2016, 2:04pm

Tons of food and beverages that soaked in polluted water for more than two weeks after flooding are being rinsed and repackaged by merchants in central China, news portal reports.

Multiple photos accompanying the report show piles of waterlogged food and beverage items heaped on the ground in the city of Hankou, in Wuhan municipality, Hubei province, after flooding affected the area from May to July.

Some of the photos show women and children sorting through piles of foodstuffs, while others show vacuum packs of food and cans of beer being rinsed and dried, with the water in one bucket dark with dirt.

Life at the water’s edge in the flooded Chinese city of Wuhan

After being rinsed, the food would be repackaged and sold on the market, the report said.

One of the merchants said she thought some of the food was still of economic value, and those in vacuum packs could be resold after rinsing.

This is not the first time such actions have occurred, as mainland media reported similar behaviour four years ago in the same city after another flood. At that time, the Wuhan Food and Drug Administration took no action.