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.