Chinese authorities are investigating after a video showing a beer factory worker urinating in a vat of beer went viral.
Footage posted on China’s social media platform Weibo shows a man – wearing a Tsingtao uniform and a hard hat – climbing over a wall and into the tank before apparently relieving himself in what are supposed to be the ingredients for the popular beer .
The clip has been viewed tens of millions of times since it was first posted online on October 19th.
The location of the clip is “Tsingtao Beer Factory No. 3,” local news outlet The Paper reported.
Tsingtao is one of China’s leading beer producers and its largest exporter.
Chinese authorities are investigating after the company alerted police to the video.
“The company attaches great importance to media reports and reported the incident to security authorities at the first opportunity,” it said CNBC.
“Public security authorities are currently involved in the investigation.”
However, some media outlets stated that the person did not work directly for Tsingtao.
An internal source told National Business Daily that the man in question and the person who filmed him were not direct employees of the company.
Tsingtao also noted that the contaminated “malt batch has been completely sealed” and the company “continues to strengthen its management efforts to ensure product quality.” Business Insider reported.
The market supervision and administration office of Pingdu city, where the factory is located, said in a statement that a team had been assembled on site to conduct an investigation, it said in a statement.
Tsingtao Brewery’s headquarters are in Qingdao, Shandong, China, and it operates in China and Hong Kong.
According to its website, the company bills itself as the sixth largest beer maker in the world and sells its products in more than 100 other countries.
The history of Tsingtao dates back to 1903, when Qingdao was still a German treaty port.
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