Russian factory staff bathes in cheese vat

Still hurting from their early exit in the 2014 men’s Olympic hockey tournament, Russians have apparently resorted to bathing with cheese to heal the wounds. And are sharing the activities on Instagram.

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According to Opposing Views, a picture is making its way through the internet that shows Siberian factor workers  naked in a vat of cheese.

“Yeah, our job is really boring,” the photo’s caption reads.

Officials were alerted to the photo when angry consumers saw the “sickening” picture, which is believed to be taken at lead food processing center Omsk “The Cheese” trade house.

“If you plan to buy string cheese the next time you go to the supermarket, you may want to check that it wasn’t made in Omsk,” one Russian newspaper warned. 

Alexander Kriga, head of RosPotrebNadzor, the Russian food safety watchdog in the Omsk region, said investigation into the exact location the picture was taken at is under way.


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