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Woman Finds More Than 40 Dead Cockroaches In Takeaway Meal

Woman Finds More Than 40 Dead Cockroaches In Takeaway Meal

Finding unwanted stuff in your food is to some degree inevitable, whether it's a hair in your soup (usually one of your own) or a piece of kitchen foil stuck to a chip (watch those fillings...).

But there's a line, right? You wouldn't want to find a cockroach in your meal, for instance... let alone 40.

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That's what one woman in China claims happened to her recently, having found more than just a few of the insects in her takeaway meal.

The unnamed resident of Chenghai District in Shantou City - which is in South China's Guangdong Province - had ordered a braised duck dish from an unidentified online food delivery platform.

She'd been eating with pals when one of them found a dead cockroach in the dish, reports said.

The woman says they removed the cockroach (probably a good idea, really), and then started inspecting the tainted duck a little more closely.

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Reader, it got worse.

The braised duck dish. Credit: Asia Wire
The braised duck dish. Credit: Asia Wire

As the group delved further into the dish, they found carcass after carcass of dead cockroaches tucked up inside, with mobile footage filmed by one friend showing everyone using their chopsticks to pick out the nasty critters.

Presumably, they were initially quite difficult to spot as they were the same shade as the duck, but you can imagine the horror as the drama unfolded.

The group of friends claimed they found more than 40 cockroaches in total, plucking them out and laying them onto two pieces of tissue paper they'd laid out on the table.

The woman then said she complained to the restaurant that had made the food, before also reporting the case to the police - who are now investigating together with officials at the local Food and Drug Administration.

The roaches covered two pieces of kitchen paper. Credit: Asia Wire
The roaches covered two pieces of kitchen paper. Credit: Asia Wire

The restaurant offered the woman an apology, but has also reportedly announced a 15-day suspension of business while investigations continue.

It is not yet known whether or not the braised duck dish had been prepared fresh or made beforehand and reheated before delivery.

I mean, picking out all the cockroaches looked like it could have been a good - if not slightly unorthodox - dinner party game - imagine the score for that entertainment on Come Dine With Me.

Only thing is, it's pretty safe to say they may have all lost their appetites after that...

Featured Image Credit: Asia Wire

Topics: News, Food, World News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel (yeah, yeah, I know) and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

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