Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This footage shows workers ‘swimming’ in huge mounds of thousands of hazelnuts at a depot and it has caused hygiene concerns in Turkey, one of the world’s biggest producers of the nut.
The incident took place at a depot in the north-eastern Turkish province of Ordu, famous for producing around 25 percent of the world’s hazelnuts.
The videos, which were posted on TikTok on different days, received a total of 4.7 million views.
In the first video, a man is seen ‘swimming’ in a huge mound of hazelnuts with a big grin on his face.
The second clip shows the same man in different clothes rolling down a steep hill of hazelnuts.
In the third video, a different man is seen rolling himself down the mound of hazelnuts, apparently in the same depot.
It is unclear if the local authorities are investigating the videos like they did when a Turkish dairy worker was filmed enjoying a milk bath at a factory in the province of Konya at the end of 2020.
After the footage was widely shared on social media, the Konya public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the incident and arrested the dairy worker and the cameraperson.
During the investigation, officers reportedly seized equipment, and the dairy centre was temporarily closed down after it was determined to pose a risk to human safety.
An indictment accepted by the 5th High Criminal Court of Konya stated: “Adding poison to water or any food or things to be eaten or consumed, or by damaging them in other ways, is punishable with two to 15 years of imprisonment.”
It is unclear when the two dairy workers will stand trial.