What exactly has to go wrong for camel pee to become ‘contaminated’?
In the same country where there is SO much disposable wealth that there’s a real problem with fatcats purchasing ‘luxury pets’ like cheetahs, and where you could throw a rock in any direction and hit a supercar, there is a drink on the shelves that would make most westerners hurl.
Camel piss. No, this isn’t the kind of thing you can make up.
The problem isn’t even that someone tries to sell it — the creepy thing is that there’s a market for it at all. It’s rooted in a religious claim that both camel milk and urine possess health benefits.
And what happens when an unscrupulous shop owner sells camel urine? He can refill the bottles with urine from other sources.
This actually happened:
In 2015, Saudi authorities closed down a shop selling traditional camel urine drinks after discovering the owner had been filling the bottles with his own urine. https://t.co/5W9sj4ywb5
— Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) November 1, 2019
Saudi authorities have closed down a shop selling traditional camel urine drinks after discovering the owner had been filling the bottles with his own bodily waste.
Health inspectors swooped on a vendor in the port city of Al Qunfudhah, in south-western Saudi Arabia, and confiscated more than 70 full bottles.
The practice of drinking camel’s urine mixed with milk is believed to date back centuries while some insist it has health benefits.
But the shopkeeper’s business was closed down indefinitely amid claims he had been selling his own urine to unsuspecting customers.
The traditional camel urine drink is believed to have originated from a passage in the Hadith.
A quick online search even showed claims of it curing baldness and hepatitis. (Ugh– Don’t try this at home kids.)
Ever wonder what ELSE can go wrong from drinking camel urine?
The World Health Organisation (WHO), however, has warned against drinking it.
In June, amid an outbreak of the MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) virus, the group specifically issued a health warning against the practice which they feared would spread the condition.
It can make you sick. What a surprise.
If you ever got up in the morning thinking your job sucks, just remember — out there somewhere is a health inspector whose job includes authenticating bottles of camel pee.