Yes, that really happened.
White Rabbit Creamy Candy (大白兔奶糖), for many Singaporeans, is synonymous with Chinese New Year or treats given by grandparents. It blew our adolescent minds that the paper which wrapped the candy could be eaten.
Anyway, according to China’s CCTV News, a monkey had kicked a rock that fell on 67 year-old Weng Mao while the man was touring Yuntai Mountain, in Henan Province, on Apr 19.
He was immediately taken to the hospital but died later. The tourist route where he was struck was subsequently closed for investigations.
Weng used to be the chairman for Shanghai Guan Sheng Yuan Food which produces the popular White Rabbit Candy.
CCTV News reported that these type of deaths were “rare”. It said that in 2015, massive falling rock pieces in Guilin’s Caidie Mountain killed seven tourists, while a severe rock-slide killed five Chinese transport officials in Sichuan during a routine road inspection.
Here’s the report from CCTV News:
In 2008, during the melamine contamination scandal in China where milk products were found tainted with melamine, White Rabbit Creamy Candy was pulled from shelves in Singapore as its melamine levels were found to be the highest among tested products from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
However according to TODAY, the candy’s melamine level of 160 parts per million was not dangerous – a 60kg adult would have to eat more than 47 White Rabbit sweets “every day over a lifetime to exceed the tolerable threshold.”
White Rabbit Creamy Candy has since returned to Singapore and is available at supermarkets like NTUC Fairprice.
Top image from Ali Express