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Beyond MSG: 35 Chinese Restaurants Accused of Using Opiates on Their Food

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A handful of Chinese restaurants including a very popular one are being investigated over allegations that they spiked up their dishes with opium poppies.

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Business has been quite high at some Chinese restaurants, and so have their customers. 

According to China Cheat Sheets, 35 restaurants throughout China are being investigated for using opium poppies as seasoning on certain dishes.

Among the list is Beijing’s famous Huda Restaurant, which is known for having long lines and questionably-tasty crayfish.

According to Chinese media, the dishes in question range from noodles and dumplings to crayfish dishes.

​Under Chinese law, restaurants can’t use opium poppies on their food – no matter how yummy it is.

This latest case, however, isn’t the first time Chinese chefs have attempted to sprinkle some extra magic into their food.

In 2014, a pair of Shanghai restaurant owners was charged with using opiates on special crayfish dishes. Each is facing a three-and-a-half year prison sentence. 

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