Meat on the floor, buckets of soy sauce, food propping open the door… will make you never want to eat a Chinese again

CHINESE food may be the UK’s favourite takeaway but after seeing this video you’ll never look at your sweet and sour pork the same way again.

A fire protection contractor has taken behind the scenes videos of a Chinese restaurant they visited and the conditions in the kitchen are shocking.

Tray of food props open rotting door in Chinese restaurant in Iowa, US
A tray of food is used to prop open a rotting door in the Chinese restaurant

“As a fire protection contractor, I have access to lots of restaurant kitchens in my city. The following videos are typical of most Chinese restaurants that I visit,” they wrote alongside the clips.

“From unrefrigerated chicken and beef pretty much on the floor, to bug traps on top of canned food, this place was disgusting.”


The candid clips show open containers of what looks like battered meat – as found in Chinese classics like crispy beef and sweet and sour chicken – stacked on top of each other.

Trays piled with raw meat are left on shelves just a few inches off the ground, which has seen cleaner days, while elsewhere a tray of uncooked food is used to prop open a rotting door.

Industrial-sized bucket of soy sauce found in restaurant in Iowa, US
Industrial-sized buckets of soy sauce found in restaurant

The video, allegedly taken in a Chinese restaurant in Iowa, USA, also reveals industrial-sized buckets of soy sauce stacked up against the wall and left open with ladles sitting in them.

Diabetes prevalence continues to climb in China.

Data from a survey of over 98,000 Chinese adults indicate that the prevalence of diabetes affects approximately 50% of the Chinese population, and only 25.8% of diagnosed patients are being treated.

“These data suggest that diabetes may have reached an alert level in the Chinese general population with the potential for a major epidemic of diabetes-related complications, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease in China in the near future without an effective national intervention,” the researchers wrote.

Researchers from the 2010 China Noncommunicable Disease Surveillance Group collected data from 162 study sites in the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Disease Surveillance Point System. According to researchers, measurements of HbA1c, fasting plasma glucose and 2-hour plasma glucose were collected from a nationally representative sample of 98,658 adults aged 18 years or older in 2010.

They found that the overall prevalence of diabetes was about 11.6% (95% CI, 11.3% to 11.8%) among the adult Chinese population (12.1% in men vs. 11% in women).

Further data indicate the prevalence of previously diagnosed diabetes was estimated to be 3.5% (95% CI, 3.4% to 3.6%) in the Chinese population (3.6% in men vs. 3.4% in women). Undiagnosed diabetes was estimated at 8.1% (95% CI, 7.9% to 8.3%) in the overall population (8.5% in men vs. 7.7% in women), according to data.

Moreover, the prevalence of prediabetes was estimated to be 50.1% (95% CI, 49.7% to 50.6%) in Chinese adults (52.1% in men vs. 48.1% in women).

The prevalence for prediabetes was greater among patients in older age groups (P<.001), urban residents, patients living in economically-developed regions and those who were overweight or obese, researchers wrote.

Data also demonstrate only 25.8% of patients with diabetes received treatment. Of those treated, only 39.7% had HbA1c levels less than 7% (40.7% in men vs. 38.6% in women), researchers wrote.

In an accompanying editorial, Juliana C. N. Chan, MD, FRCP, from the department of medicine and therapeutics at the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Prince of Wales Hospital International Diabetes Federation Centre of Education, Shatin, Hong Kong, SAR, China, wrote that diabetes is a societal and health care challenge.

“To this end, government leaderships, partnerships, and community empowerment will be needed to create a health-promoting environment, encourage self-management, and strengthen the health care system to make health a reality,” Chan wrote.

Source: Endocrine Today.