A Nanshan noodle producer's poor hygiene standards were exposed in a report by the Southern Metropolis Daily yesterday.
The unlicensed producer supplied about 1,000 kilograms of noodles to dozens of breakfast stalls around the Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park every morning.
Photos show shirtless men drying noodles in a small, dirty room.
The room was also not air-conditioned, meaning that the men's sweat mixed with the noodles.
The four workers also weren't wearing gloves or hats when photographed.
Even after touching their bodies, the men went back to handling the noodles.
One of the workers at the small producer spoke to a reporter in May about how the noodle shop operated. The man, surnamed Yu, explained that about 1,000 kilograms of noodles went out to dozens of breakfast stalls in the Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park every morning.
Over 400,000 people work in and around the industrial park, with many buying breakfast from small stalls while on the way to work.
Yu said that three of his coworkers originally came from Hubei Province. They decided to rent the small area and start producing noodles last year.
With a reporter watching, around 3:30 a.m. the four workers finished packing noodles and Yu started delivering the noodles by van around 4 a.m.
The van stopped in front of a soup noodle shop where Yu left two packages in the doorway. Yu left noodles at several other stalls.
An investigation showed that the noodle workshop only applied for a business permit, but lacks a food production permit and hygienic approval.