Leaked Video Shows The Disgusting Way Factory in China Makes Fake Popular Beer!
A trip to China for a western traveller always comes hand-in-hand with many unique and wonderful experiences. From the fascinating bustling cities, to the diverse natural beauty of the countryside, there are certain things a traveller always will encounter and no doubt gaze in unmitigated wonder and astonishment at.
One of the most important items on the agenda, if you take a trip to the People’s Republic, is the cheap beer. In fact, often the beer in China is so unbelievably inexpensive that it’s sometimes difficult not to ponder where exactly it comes from.
So it perhaps came as little surprise to many beer drinkers when a small factory in Dongguan, Guangzhou was raided by authorities earlier this month, for reportedly churning out 600,000 cartons of fake Budweiser per month for an unspecified amount of time.
Now, less than a month after the factory was busted, three three shocking video clips going around Chinese social media app, WeChat, have helped to shed light on the revolting way in which the workers produced the counterfeit beverage.
Astonishingly, the first bit of footage shows female employees dunking used, empty cans of Budweiser into a tub of beer with their bare hands to fill them up. In the second video the now full cans are placed on a conveyor belt and sent down in a line in order to get sealed up.
Finally a third clip shows a Trade and Industry Bureau task force arriving at the factory to look around and check out its stockpile. According to Chinese news sources, the fake beer was allegedly distributed to bars and nightclubs across the country where unsuspecting party-goers guzzled the beverage on nights out.
After being informed about the stash, a Budweiser representative reportedly informed Hong Kong-based Chinese-language newspaper, Ming Pao, that the company had reported the situation to the police and was in the midst of seeking legal action over the incident. The representative added that it has not franchised its operations to a third party.
Once the outrageous videos hit the news, social media users had a field day commenting on the footage. On Chinese microblogging website Weibo, one joked: “Some ice-cold Budweiser should help you stop worrying [about counterfeits]” while another wrote: “Dammit I’ve drunk so many cans of Budweiser!”
This isn’t the first time a fake Budweiser production centre has been raided in China; in September last year Chinese police seized nearly 26,000 cans of fake Budweiser – estimated to be worth a combined 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) – in Guangzhou, south China after they discovered an illegal beer canning facility inside a residential unit with poor hygienic conditions. As well as the 26,000 cans, police also discovered 36,000 aluminium cans, 20,000 lids and 12,000 pieces of ready-to-use packaging material.