This Is Why I'm Not Keen On Chinese Food

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
May 16, 2012 8:45am CST
John went to play his snooker match last night and had a very interesting conversation with one of the players in his team. He told him that his Mrs was rushed into hospital a couple of nights ago as she'd just eaten at a Chinese Restaurant and "food" got stuck in her throat. At the hospital the medical staff decided to operate as the "food" wouldn't go down on its own so had to be removed. Imagine their surprise when they found it wasn't "food" at all but A MICROCHIP FROM A DOG! Needless to say the Press (and Vet to identify the dog) is being informed about this. Hopefully, the Chinese restaurant will be shut down as a consequence and the owner put in prison for this cruel behaviour. I'd often wondered why I could never pinpoint what the smell was coming from Chinese Takeaways. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this practice of using dog is widespread but I won't be visiting a Chinese establishment anytime soon. Oh, and where are the Inspectors? They used to be on top of this sort of thing but their jobs have been cut due to cutbacks. After this case I think they should be reinstated.
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@NailTech (6890)
• United States
16 May 12
I will only eat chicken if my family is eating or getting take out from there. I just don't trust them. It is thoroughly disgusting to know that some places in China still use dogs and cats in such a cruel way. It is total animal abuse, and to steal animals in general is worthy of being arrested in itself. There is a special place in hell for the animal abusers and child abusers out there, you can't count on that.
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@NailTech (6890)
• United States
16 May 12
you can* count on that ( typo!!)
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
I agree there is a special place in hell as you put it. I can't understand why they have to use domestic animals at all (pets), especially in this country where we take a very dim view on such things. Mind you, the local butchers near Mum's house sells meat such as kangaroo and ostrich and no-one bats an eyelid. Speaking of which, they probably sell "bat" as well.
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@topffer (33152)
• France
16 May 12
Eating dogs is not specifically Chinese : they were eaten in Germany until the end of the 2d world war, and they are still eaten in Switzerland where you could find dog meat butchers 10 years ago. There is a detailed article in Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_meat
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 May 12
I think I'll stick with the "chicken"...
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 May 12
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/15/chinese-restaurant-dog-meat-myth
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@topffer (33152)
• France
16 May 12
I am relieved to read that it is an urban legend, but I think that I will also opt for animals with no microchips.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
Deary me, that reporter in The Guardian has a problem doesn't she? Paranoia springs to mind!
• Canada
16 May 12
Omg that is not only discussing but horrible if they are using dog meat also alarming as it makes u wonder were they are getting said meat if they where nit aware of the microchip in the first place are they sure it was a dog not a cat as all my cats are chipped as well and they use the same chips for both animals :so sooooo gross though
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 May 12
The chip hasn't been identified as yet as you're right, it could be from a cat. Not sure if other animals are microchipped but, whatever animal it belongs to, it shouldn't be in the food.
• Canada
19 May 12
I'll bet anything its from a cat that being said I have heard of all kinds of animals being microchips I am actually considering getting my pot belly pig done as she tends to wander when know one is looking so the chip could of been from a pig or cow or even a chicken but that being said have you never heard the old saying about no start cats in China town
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
25 May 12
I was reading recently of some pot bellied pigs having just been abandoned in the countryside when they'd grown big enough to be more difficult to handle...I'd agree on tagging the pig..
@buenavida (7915)
• Sweden
16 May 12
Urban legend or not, who knows, but I prefer to make my own food.. Vegetarian restaurants might be safer, unless they put microchips on the veggies that tend to run away..
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@topffer (33152)
• France
16 May 12
Excellent !
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
I like making my own food too or at least inspect the meat VERY carefully!
20 May 12
scan all chinese food with a microchip scanner!
@jwfarrimond (4474)
16 May 12
Just after I left school (a very long time ago!) I had a job as a butchers errand boy. One of the places that I delivered meat to was a Chinese restaurant. The public part of the place was immaculate and clean, but the kitchen was absolutely filthy. I was disgusted to see all the grease and dirt in the kitchen and I have never eaten Chinese take away or eat in food since. In China itself, domestic pets, both cats and dogs, are often stolen and sold to fur farms where they are often skinned alive. The carcasses no doubt end up being sold to restaurants and it's also the practice for live cats and dogs to be sold on the market for consumption as food. In many cases, those animals are also likely to have been domestic pets that had been stolen. It appears from this story that they are doing the same thing in this country and I hope that the people concerned are prosecuted and closed down to send a strong message to the Chinese community in this country that this sort of thing is not acceptable in Britain.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
16 May 12
The people doing this should be skinned alive, how nasty and cruel can you be. That just turns my stomach, these "people" are just nasty disgusting pigs. There is a special place in hell for them, count on it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
That's an insult to pigs! I get what you're saying though and I hope there is a prosecution too.
• United States
16 May 12
This does not surprise me at all. I went to get some pepper steak from a place in Ny. I was chewing the meat and it was chewing like never before. I went to the lady and said,this is not beef and I will call the people on you. she cursed me out and gave me back my money and told me to never come back. I told everyone around her store that she was cooking cats or dogs.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 May 12
Oh my, how gross that must've been for you. I'm glad you said something though..I'd be doing the same. There should be more people like us who think nothing of complaining about these things. Good for you.
• China
17 May 12
I am amazed by it.The behaviour of this restaurant brought shame on us.It serves his right If the restaurant is shut down and the owner is put in prison.I guess the microchip used for preventing dog from straying is similar to GPS,because I have read a report in which "family dog returned after 2 years,thanks to a microchip...".I remain perplexed how come they had the microchip in the dish.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 May 12
Yes, microchips are used to identify where a dog (or cat..both my cat and Mum's cats have them) are living. I guess this particular dog was picked up as a stray but I'm flummoxed as to how a microchip could get in the food as well. Put it this way, if the story is found to be true then I cannot imagine the establishment being open for much longer. People would be idiotic to even consider going in the place.
• China
18 May 12
Needless to say, the story would scare away a lot of possible guests.I wonder what place of the dog or cat you usually put the microchip on .How many Chinese restaurants are there in Carlisle?
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 May 12
I don't know how many there are. Some are proper restaurants, come are "buffet style" and the rest are take-aways, so I reckon there will be quite a few of them around the city. More than 10 I would think.
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
23 May 12
Is that really a true story or is it a new Urban myth?
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 May 12
The story was told to my husband from a friend of his at the snooker. I've just asked him if he's the type of person to make things up and he was adamant, "No!" so I suppose it's a case of waiting to see if anything happens with the identification of the microchip. If no identification materialises I guess that will be that. I shall keep you posted if any official story comes out on this but as far as John is concerned, it is genuine.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 May 12
If they haven't yet identified the "Microchip" involved (Those things are apparently the size of a grain of rice,the vets use a needle to implant them) HOW can they know it was from a Dog?
• United States
17 May 12
Janey, this story is so old, this is just a new twist. Always the person is rushed to the emergency room and some weird object is found, a cat's claw, a rat's paw, a bell off the cat's collar and now it's an id chip from a pet. I wouldn't believe this tall tale at all. Chinese restaurants are checked just as thoroughly as any other including surprise inspections.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 May 12
They're not though, that's the whole point. It's impossible to keep check on all the eateries in this city at any one time, plus the fact Council cut-backs haven't helped the situation. Jobs regarding the Environment are always the first to go, unfortunately.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
23 May 12
Any luck in finding a news item on this allegation of a hospitalised Woman or the vet that identified an alleged Dog Chip or the alleged restaurant being closed yet? Also,There's not that many Chinese restaurants listed in that area on Tripadvisor for somebody involved in this not to have posted a response...
@inertia4 (27385)
• United States
17 May 12
I love chinese food. But I think if they did that here there would be a major upset. I do know that in china they do eat dog, but they cannot force it on others. And to make matters worse they found a microchip. Wow. That is a first for me. I have never heard this before. I know they chip dogs these days, so that had to be someone pet. I could not imagine that happening. They should close the place down and I would make a public pentacle of them. And they should be inspecting these places more closely.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 May 12
I agree on both counts...shut the place down and increase inspections around the city. I think the microchip is being examined but there is nothing on the local rag's website as yet.
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@inertia4 (27385)
• United States
21 May 12
Well I guess it will be a while before you have any more chinese food.
@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
17 May 12
I would be furious. I don't eat chinese either. Although, you never know what you may find in your food when you eat at a restaurant.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 May 12
I think standards have slipped recently, especially in the hygiene department. There are not as many Health Inspectors going round ensuring these places are kept clean, tidy and are not using domestic pets in their dishes! If people weren't so lazy and decided to cook at home there wouldn't be so many "eateries" in the first place. We can't afford takeaway food although we do have fish and chips once a week. It's considered a treat now due to how expensive it is. If people totted up how much they were spending on takeaways I think it would work out more than if they'd prepared and cooked the food themselves..also, they would have control of what went in it!
20 May 12
Assuming that they CAN cook Janey. I think that a lot of people think that sticking a ready meal into the microwave is actually cooking...
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
17 May 12
this reminds me my hubby used to joke about chinese food saying it's cat food, food made of cat flesh it's horrible as it reminds me of animal abuse videos where cats are skinned alive I think those are also Chinese I don't eat out much, I only do take out if none of us wants to cook and I like trying all kinds of different food for take out such sometimes it's just pizza
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 May 12
Pizza is about the only takeaway food I eat as well and I will probably try to make my own at some point as I know it's possible, if using pizza dough to make it.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
17 May 12
that's true I have tried Greek, Viet, Thai, Japanese take outs too. but very rare as we have no kids it's often cheaper to cook at home
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
16 May 12
That is truly awful. I am assuming this was an establishment in the US? That is just completely disrespectful, and also very cruel. Pets are very highly regarded in the US and those people who took that dog who was obviously owned by someone and killed it disrespected our culture and our country by doing that. Honestly if they are not citizens I think they should be deported for such illegal and disrespectful actions. I don't however think that all Chinese restaurant establishments should be held accountable for this one restaurants actions however.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 May 12
It's actually in Carlisle, England. We don't normally have what I consider to be anything scandalous going on here but we've had too bad stories in a week. The first was concerning a guy who set up a brothel for very young teenagers (he was grooming them) and was using his takeaway business as a "front." It's not safe to go out here now!
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
17 May 12
Oh my, that is not good. I assume that you feel the same way about dogs that we do in the United States. They are pets not food, and to cook and prepare them and serve them to unsuspecting people is gross and disrespectful the culture. It would be like serving a cow in India and telling people it was chicken.
@marguicha (90283)
• Chile
16 May 12
I´m sure that not all chinese restaurants are the same. I´m not an expert in takeaway restaurants so that when I eat chinese, I go to a good chinese restaurant, I eat a duck that looks like a duck with thin rice pancakes and plum jam and chives. Maybe most or all fast food chains can be potentially dangerous if they are not properly inspected.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
I couldn't eat duck either to be honest due to how they are reared (no access to water) but I guess it's better than dog lol. Like I said, if there were more inspections conditions in these establishments wouldn't be so lax. It's overpriced as well!
@marguicha (90283)
• Chile
17 May 12
I don´t know much how ducks are reared in my country. It can´t be worse than how chicken are reared though. I gree with you that dog is not a good food option (at least to me in this moment).
@shaggin (36321)
• United States
16 May 12
Well I am a vegetarian so I dont have to worry about eating meat and having it be anything other then what it is supposed to be. Now that is the way it should be though we should not have to worry that we are eating something other then meat. Whose to say if they use cat meat that someone isnt deathly allergic to it and when they sell it as chicken and its really cat meat it could really make someone ill then they will be in huge trouble when they are proved to have done what they did. I choose usually not to believe these stories though but you never know.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
16 May 12
I agree, there are people allergic to all kinds of things; fish, etc. so why not cat meat. They could kill a person this way. To be this irresponsible is just disgusting to me.
@shaggin (36321)
• United States
18 May 12
Its always rumors about the chinese resturants selling cats and dogs in their food but well it didnt stop me lol. I went yesterday to the chinese resturant in town and ordered myself vegetable lo-mein and my friend sweet and sour chicken. I havent had chinese food since my husband and I split up a few years ago. It was delicious!!
@petersum (4526)
• United States
16 May 12
My favorite after boozing take out was the "cat and dog curry". We always called it that but I never thought it would be real! Normally everything in chinese food is sliced so thinly that surely it would have been noticed. I tend not to believe this story!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
Oh well, I shall just have to keep checking our local rag's website to see if the story turns out to be true or not.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
20 May 12
Someone with a food problem with a restaurant would be quick nowadays to tell the world about it on the "Trip Advisor" site..I'm Not seeing any new posts about restaurants that are listed in that area..
@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 May 12
Reeling from the pedo scandal now Carlisle's ethnic minorities will have to deal with microchiped doggy chow mein! Not a good time to be ethinic and in Carlisle methinks! Hope that I am wrong.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 May 12
Ah,Urban legends...can't live with 'em,can't kill 'em...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
16 May 12
That particular pedo gaff is just down the road from us. It's take-away city down there..one after the other, all run by people of Pakistani origin..no women amongst them (in other words they're kept at home whilst they do what they want)..having said that, some of the girls that go to Town round here are absolute dogs. Their attire leaves a lot to be desired but there again setting up a brothel for them isn't cool either!
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• Sweden
27 Sep 12
wow, that restaurant should be closed.but in china not every restaurans do that. we kown that never choose dirty and cheep restaurant. if you disliked chinese food for this, what i could only say is waht a pity. improvement of cooking skills for thousands of year in this agricultural country is wothy your attention.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Sep 12
I have been to another local Chinese Buffet Restaurant a few years ago (first timer) but I wasn't brave enough with my selections. It is a popular place though as it's near the train station.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 12
I suggest this John to file a compliant to the local authorities and the local press to disclose his bad experience to this restaurant. I am sure, this John can ask for the compensation with his strong medical report and other evidence. In fact, this John's complaint will alert not only to the Chinese restaurants, but also the less of other restaurants to provide better foods to the customers. I totally support this John to take any legal action against the restaurant which he visited earlier.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Jun 12
"This John" is my husband. He was just relaying the story to me that concerned one of his friends. There doesn't seem to be anything in the Press about this so I reckon it's still being investigated. I asked my husband if his friend was drunk when he told him the story and he told me he wasn't....so..but they ARE wind-up merchants the Cumbrians so I don't know who to believe at the moment!
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
19 May 12
Instead of blaming all Chinese food, it would be more appropriate to put the blame on the restaurant and it scant regards for hygiene. The inspector should close the shop and do a proper inspection of it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
22 May 12
I'm not blaming all Chinese food..just some.