According to shocking report by the Hong Kong Free Press, unethical PRC Bubble Tea sellers in Shandong, China, may have been selling bubble tea tapioca pearls made of old tyres and shoe soles to consumers!
In an investigative report by lifestyle programme “Life Help”, a reporter from Qingdao drank a pearl milk tea from a local shop and went to a nearby hospital to undergo a CT scan, which revealed undigested tapioca pearls.
When samples of the pearls were sent to Qingdao University’s Chemical Experimentation Center, scientists were unable to confirm what the tapioca pearls were made of, which confirms that the pearls were not really made of pure tapioca in the first place. The scientists were unwilling to confirm what the pearls were made of, except that the material was “highly adhesive”.
Interviews with bubble tea shop managers in Qingdao were mostly unsuccessful at prying out the secret behind the mysterious tapioca pearls. However, one unwitting shop owner accidentally let slip that the pearls were made at “chemical plants”.
“They’re all made at chemical plants. To put it bluntly, they’re made from the soles of leather shoes and old tyres,” said the PRC shop keeper.