People have descended on hundreds of cartons of expired frozen ham and cheese abandoned at a refuse collection point in Yuen Long and on a roadside in Kwai Chung.
A post on a Facebook page alerted local residents to the stash in more than 300 boxes, according to Apple Daily.
A woman, surnamed Wong, launched the “Oh Yes It’s Free” Facebook page on Saturday in which she tells people to check out the items at the Kung Um Road refuse collection point in Yuen Long and Kwai Yu Street in Kwai Chung.
Wong said she found out about the foodstuff when she drove past the Kwai Chung collection point. She said she did not take any of the boxes.
Netizens left comments on her page asking about the location of the “goodies”.
Many exchanged views in an on-the-spot food tasting.
“We opened the boxes and the butter tasted just fine. Yummy!” wrote one commenter.
“As long as it does not stink and turn sour, it should be fine,” another said.
The frozen ham and some cheese products were from the Italian brand Ferrarini.
Another netizen posted a picture of her fridge full of butter and cheese.
Some people offered to donate the food to anyone in need.
Five pallets of frozen whole cured ham, sliced Parma ham, buffalo cheese and yoghurt were dumped at the Kung Um Road refuse collection point.
Apple Daily reporters sent to the scene said some packs had been torn open but the food was still frozen.
Dead pigs and a large pile of garbage lay nearby, the reporters said.
Health authorities are warning that consumption of expired food can cause diarrhea and other diseases.
Contamination from waste could lead to serious health problems, they said.
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