Two restaurants in Guangzhou have come under fire recently for using addictive poppy seed powder, a substance from which opium and heroin are derived, in their food to ensure that customers come back for more, Want China Times reports.
The irregularity was first uncovered by the Guangzhou Food and Drug Administration in June last year. During a spot check of 70 of the city’s restaurants, inspection officials found that two of the restaurants were using the addictive poppy powder in marinade bags.
Kitchen staff at the two restaurants eventually admitted to inspection officials that the bags contained poppy powder, and administration issued both restaurants a fine of 50,000 yuan (1,700 USD) along with a formal warning.
A law has now come into effect making it illegal to add poppy powder to food, no matter how small the amount or how mouthwateringly good it makes the food taste.
A local FDA official reminded customers in the area to be wary when eating out and to “be aware that poppy powder may have been added if the food is especially aromatic and full of flavor.”
delicious terrible as this all sounds, didn’t these restaurant owners get the memo meth is the new heroin in China?
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