Hogwash Spreading - Floating Pig Carcasses Are Found In Second Chinese River

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While the media is transfixed with the final figure of floating dead pigs found Shanghai's Huangpu River, which at last check was crossing 6000, a bigger problem has emerged: pig carcasses have now been spotted in a different river, which means that the worst case scenario could be in play. From Shanghai Daily: 'Pig carcasses now found in Hubei river: Around 50 pig carcasses were today discovered in a tributary of the Yangtze River in Yichang City, Hubei Province, China Central Television reported. Some of the bodies were highly decomposed, said the report. The carcasses were spotted floating near Wulong Village. The local government has launched an investigation and dispatched officials to the scene. The news has attracted much public attention as it follows the discovery of thousand of dead pigs in Shanghai's Huangpu River, a branch of the Yangtze. By late yesterday, almost 6,000 pig carcasses had been fished out of the river and an investigation into where they came from is ongoing."

Recall our prediction from yesterday:

The bad news: what happens if China were to uncover that whatever ailments were present in the current batch of "hog wash" has become an epidemic? Just how high will the most important price tag in all of China - pork meat - soar to if quality controls were to be enabled? And what happens to food inflation which in China is actually indicative of reality due to its component as a percentage of CPI being one of the highest in the entire world?

So yesterday one river; today two rivers; tomorrow ... ? And if this is what the media is revealing, one can imagine how big the "hogwash" scandal must be behind the carefully controlled media scenes.

The bigger question remains: just what is really going on with the Chinese pork industry, which in 2011 was responsible for nearly half a billion pigs produced, or more than the entire rest of the world, and is the primary source of food for a vast majority of the population.

How long until the local population starts demanding real answers.

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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:43 | 3325310 GetZeeGold
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I sense a trend developing here.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:54 | 3325328 Lets_Eat_Ben
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It's an easy way to move the market.

I'm waiting for the lipstick to be removed and Kathy Lee Gifford to identified.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:03 | 3325335 Pladizow
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Soon to be found in UK lasagna!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:48 | 3325348 Badabing
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Pink Floyd prophesized this!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:45 | 3325632 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Fishing for river pig now fastest growing sport for restaurant proprietors.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:04 | 3325683 Whatta
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LOL. Shoulda been an Olympic event in Beijing!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:49 | 3325879 agNau
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badee, badee, badee,.....That's all folks!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:23 | 3326209 Richard Chesler
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Confirmed it's a PR stunt for a new movie.



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:15 | 3326363 akak
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This little piggy went to Shanghai
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy ate roast cat
This little piggy had none
And this little piggy floated all the way home.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 23:04 | 3328509 SilverTech
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I did something really stupid once, bought canned meat made in China. Not edible.

Most disgusting Chinese food item I've read about: Lard rendered from sewage. Yum.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:50 | 3325447 smlbizman
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second biggest pot of won-ton soup ever....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:29 | 3325574 NoDebt
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Pigs are very smart animals.  They know when they're in trouble to go drown themselves in the nearest river.  If only politicians had that level of intelligence.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:06 | 3325351 Sudden Debt
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okay... just say present when your name is called....



damn... that was the first one on the list... I think we're losing ZH spammers....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:19 | 3325379 SamAdams
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my comment speculating the success of the pandemic yesterday, when the story first broke, is mysteriously vanquished. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:39 | 3325421 Sudden Debt
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it's time to become paranoid... you should put on your tin foil hat! THEY'RE SCANNING EVERYBODY AS WE SPEAK!!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:07 | 3325693 Whatta
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Just because I am paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get me.

And, I am pretty sure that was a drone following me home from buying my 64 ounce DoubleUp Fructose Soda...now available in Pork Water flavor.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:38 | 3325817 hardcleareye
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Your only paranoid if you are wrong.......

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:43 | 3325311 max2205
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Cant get a good price, throw em in the river


Red tide warning

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:04 | 3325345 ParkAveFlasher
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This is what happens when central planning schemes break down.  A centrally planned economy can not adapt to market conditions with the same agility as a decentralized economy can.  A decentralized economy has interconnected nodes that both act and react.  A centralized economy only validates action in the center and discourages opposing reactions at each subsequent level of the pyramid.  It doesn't make the reactions go away, it only at worst actively and violently represses them and at best denies their existence.  Two such reactions are price-driven product destruction as you call out or corner cutting, as may also be the case as well.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:39 | 3325418 irie1029
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Between that and factory farms.  Actually it was the least epensive way for the farmers to dispose of sick piggies the government was cracking down on.  Mind you these chinese people also throw garbage out high rize apartment windows to the steet below.  Way different culture.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:09 | 3325359 Sudden Debt
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I think FOXCON is getting rid of their iPhone essembling workers....


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:19 | 3325372 Never One Roach
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"There's never been a better time then now to buy .....a pig?"



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:38 | 3325417 Sudden Debt
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and in India... CARS!!!

hundreds of cars fell into a river Sunday after a bridge in Borneo collapsed....




Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:46 | 3326079 TruthHunter
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"Cant get a good price, throw em in the river"

And feed the Fish...Walmart Tilapia with Pork flavor anyone?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:44 | 3325312 buzzsaw99
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I'm amazed that anything can survive in China.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:21 | 3325384 azzhatter
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I lived in China for a number of years. I used to say that everyday I saw something I've never seen before in my life. This would fit in that category

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:16 | 3326171 dogbreath
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My friends in china were all food snobs.  There were places they wouldn't eat, calling them "dirty place", but they were really just wherethe poor people ate.  I think it would be difficult to hide spoiled food in a country where food quality is so high.

Dumping them in the river was the cheapest solution.   

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:35 | 3325411 Sudden Debt
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Mel Brooks did predict they where going to sell air in a can in the movie spaceballs you know :)



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:38 | 3325416 MassDecep
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after figuring Maryland taxes, I am amazed anyone can live here! 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:05 | 3325491 Papasmurf
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:40 | 3325610 Almost Solvent
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Try NY

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:47 | 3325314 KnightTakesKing
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Any unusual jump in hospital admissions? If this jumps from pig to human it could be very bad.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:01 | 3325341 Vagabond
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You don't even know what "this" is yet, but I guess if you mean humans floating down the river... yeah that could be bad.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:08 | 3325353 duo
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Like that Army base in Kansas in 1918?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:49 | 3325317 This just in
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I know lots of shit happens when pigs fly, but what h appens when they float?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:51 | 3325321 max2205
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It stinks

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:22 | 3325388 azzhatter
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Could have been a crash landing

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:08 | 3325695 MachoMan
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Then they're clearly witches

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3325834 Vince Clortho
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upvote for Monty Python reference.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:52 | 3325322 Svendblaaskaeg
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Trojan Pigs? - Japanese invasion?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:54 | 3325326 The Heart
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Swine flu?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:53 | 3325327 Bobbyrib
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I hope the Chinese don't think all you need to do to "clean" a diseased pig is to rinse it off by dumping it into a body of water. They are endangering their rivers by dumping diseased pig carcasses in them.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:33 | 3325406 pods
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From what I have read, there is not much danger of polluting the rivers due to pigs.

If anything the fat soluble toxins dumped into the river might be absorbed by them.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:50 | 3326088 TruthHunter
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"They are endangering their rivers by dumping diseased pig carcasses in them."

Other than a temporary reduction in oxygen, not a major problem. They are biodegradable.

Its those persistent industrial chemicals that are cause for concern.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:55 | 3325331 Lets_Eat_Ben
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Drink up! hahahaha!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:58 | 3325336 GrinandBearit
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They should have put lipstick on them before dumping them.

Large cities in China and India are some of the worlds most filthy and polluted places on earth.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:59 | 3325475 petolo
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32 ounce bottles of drinking water soon to be banned.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:24 | 3325556 mumcard
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Just search for "filthy India" to see how nasty it is. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 07:58 | 3325337 digalert
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Will we get to the bottom of this?

When pigs fly

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:06 | 3325350 EclecticParrot
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You're on to something, my porcine friend (see my post below).  Others, however, summarily reject my thesis, and instead believe Pink Floyd is somehow involved.

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