03 June 2009

Snake-Bitten Chicken Banned By Chinese Health Authorities

A widely circulated video showing a cook forcing a snake to bite a live chicken sparked an outrage among the local online community. Watch the video here.
Chinese health authorities are putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes and cooked up for a supposedly detoxing meal.

The dish, served by a small number of eateries in the southern province of Guangdong and the southwestern city of Chongqing, has generated a storm of publicity and controversy in the Chinese media and amongst bloggers.
According to the man in the video, higher concentration of poison produces a better taste. As a result a chicken is usually subjected to multiple bites from a snake.

via Reuters

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