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Chinese restaurants ‘used opium poppies as seasoning’

April 28, 2016
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untitledBeijing chain among 35 outlets accused of illegal practice, although it is unclear whether customers can get hooked.

Thirty-five restaurants across China, including a popular Beijing chain, have been accused of illegally using opium poppies as seasoning.

Five restaurants are being prosecuted while 30 others, ranging from Shanghai dumpling joints to noodle shops in south-western Chongqing, are under investigation, said China’s food and drug administration.

Cases of cooks sprinkling ground poppy powder, which contains low amounts of opiates such as morphine and codeine, in soup and seafood are not new in China, though it is unclear whether they can effectively get a customer hooked or deliver a noticeable buzz.

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Published by: The Guardian, 22/01/2016